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
 Merola Opera Program  Merola Shines in <em>Don Pasquale</em>
August 11, 2015
Merola does it again with the excellent Don Pasquale, but the production deserved more than just two performances. More about Merola Opera Program »
Festival REVIEW
 Music@Menlo  Schubert’s Legacy Explored at Menlo Festival
August 10, 2015
Performing works inspired by Schubert’s example brought needed variety to Music@Menlo. More about Music@Menlo »
Festival REVIEW
   A Taste of SF at the Britt With John and Samuel Adams
August 7, 2015
Music Director and Bay Area wunderkind Teddy Abrams is set to change the small Oregon festival’s profile. More »
Opera REVIEW
   Jennifer Higdon’s ‘Cold Mountain’ Has World Premiere at Santa Fe Opera
August 4, 2015
Santa Fe Opera has another successful launch of a new work thanks to the work of composer Jennifer Higdon and librettist Gene Scheer. More »
Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  Monteverdi’s Ulysses Returns to His Homeland — a Warehouse in Oakland
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." More about West Edge Opera »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 sfSoundSeries  Order and Chaos With Cellist Séverine Ballon
July 31, 2015

The cellist shows polish and musicality in new, experimental works.

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Festival REVIEW
 Music@Menlo  Death Looms But Doesn’t Overwhelm Music@Menlo’s Third Schubertiade
July 30, 2015
Schubert lived a tragic life, resulting in some dour music. But the third Schubertiade in Music@Menlo summer festival proved even the darkest music can be rewarding. More about Music@Menlo »
Festival REVIEW
 Music@Menlo  Schubert@Menlo: The Mature Composer Emerges
July 29, 2015
The full genius of the composer shone in three masterworks: Arpeggione” Sonata; the “Wanderer” Fantasy; and the Octet. More about Music@Menlo »
Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  West Edge’s Edgy <em>Lulu</em> Entertains and Challenges
July 28, 2015
West Edge Opera’s full-out production embraced the hedonistic sexuality and the depravity of Alban Berg’s masterpiece. More about West Edge Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 West Edge Opera  One Life Divided in West Edge Opera’s <em>As One</em>
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. More about West Edge Opera »