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
August 4, 2015

With its unique setting, a former steel pipe factory, West Edge Opera stays true to its marketing tagline of "unexpected places" for "remarkable operas."

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Opera Review
July 28, 2015

West Edge Opera’s full-out production embraced the hedonistic sexuality and the depravity of Alban Berg’s masterpiece.

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Opera Review
July 28, 2015

The chamber opera follows the transition of a transgender person to womanhood, sung simultaneously by baritone Dan Kempson and mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson.

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Opera Review
July 27, 2015

The Merola Opera Program pairs a quiet take on Gian Carlo Menotti’s haunting short opera with a loud performance of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

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Opera Review
July 13, 2015

Festival Opera makes a comeback with its contemporary production of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.

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Opera Review
June 26, 2015

A transfixing performance by the dramatic soprano and great work from the chorus were the selling points for the Symphony's cap to the Beethoven Festival.

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Opera Review
June 16, 2015

Mozart's brilliant opera provided needed comic relief at the War Memorial Opera House.

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Opera Review
June 15, 2015

The premiere of Marco Tutino's new opera delivered neo-Puccini without the punch or musical power.

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Opera Review
June 12, 2015

Dog Days takes Los Angeles Opera into the heart of post-apocalyptic darkness.

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Opera Review
June 9, 2015

Berlioz’s grandest of grand operas makes it to the War Memorial Opera House in a production that scores points on every level.

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