Classical Music Reviews

Every week, our professional critics attend concerts throughout the Bay Area to let you know what went well...and occasionally what didn't. Let their insights enrich your musical experiences, and feel free to share your own views!


Opera Review
April 6, 2016

Games, songs, comedy, and sensuality combine in this show based on Serbian wedding songs and traditions.

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Opera Review
March 15, 2016

A bold, new opera tells of PTSD and the American and Iraqi casualties of a war we’d like to forget, but can’t.

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Opera Review
February 23, 2016

With several standout performances by the leads, West Bay Opera’s gamble on Russian opera pays handsome dividends.

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Opera Review
February 22, 2016

The “opera in jazz” follows the life of aging, dementia-scarred prize fighter Emile Griffith.

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Opera Review
February 16, 2016

Opera San Jose’s Carmen, which opened on Feb. 13, works well for the opera neophyte.

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Opera Review
February 12, 2016

Less musically brilliant than the Rossini favorite, Giovanni Paisiello's Barber of Seville still provided plenty of sparkle and musical comedy.

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Opera Review
January 26, 2016

The young company makes the most of its strong cast in a compact, economical staging.

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Opera Review
December 14, 2015

A harrowing performance of the final duet of Eugene Onegin made this gala far more than a parade of star turns.

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Opera Review
December 11, 2015

Gordon Getty and Claude Debussy’s one-acters on Edgar Allen Poe’s classic have different strengths and weaknesses.

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Opera Review
December 8, 2015

The Conservatory’s “by the Brook” Carmen was a vital emotional experience.

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