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
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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Opera Review
September 15, 2015

Despite some hiccups with staging and music, soprano Olga Chernisheva was riveting in the title role.

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Opera Review
September 15, 2015

Stephen Sondheim’s scream-fest is gory, erotic, hilarious, and tragic – everything you need for a great night at the opera.

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Opera Review
September 14, 2015

Extraordinary singing by Michael Fabiano was the main reward in an otherwise uninspiring performance.

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Opera Review
August 24, 2015

The 2015 edition of the Merola Opera Program’s Grand Finale provided all the drama and entertainment of a reality TV competition.

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Opera Review
August 18, 2015

Marais’ opera get its long overdue U.S. premiere thanks to American Bach Soloists.

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Opera Review
August 11, 2015

Merola does it again with the excellent Don Pasquale, but the production deserved more than just two performances.

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