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
November 29, 2015

Led by a funny, natural Figaro, the S.F. Opera revival of Barber of Seville is frothy entertainment.

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Opera Review
November 21, 2015

Pageantry there is, but the S.F. Opera’s production of Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg reveals the small, human moments that make this comedy timeless.

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Opera Review
November 16, 2015

The company’s latest production of Mozart’s classic opera misses the mark dramatically and emotionally.

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Opera Review
November 16, 2015

Festival Opera explored Indian cultural narratives with two noteworthy chamber operas at the Oakland Cultural Center.

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Opera Review
November 9, 2015

The Industry once again creates an entirely novel, unrepeatable, music-theater experience.

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Opera Review
October 21, 2015

S.F. Opera’s brings Japanese artist Jun Kaneko’s reimagining of the Mozart classic back for a 10-performance run.

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Opera Review
October 19, 2015

Opera traditionalists will find plenty to like about West Bay Opera’s production, which lacks surprises.

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Opera Review
October 13, 2015

Nicholas McGegan and the orchestra resuscitate Alessandro Scarlatti’s often forgotten work with help from an impressive group of singers.

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Opera Review
October 12, 2015

Tenor Rinde Eckert, the Kronos Quartet, and Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ are collectively powerful in this new opera.

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Opera Review
October 12, 2015

S.F. Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor lacks novelty but packs the satisfying emotional punch of well-delivered tragedy.

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