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
 San Francisco Opera  <em>Figaro</em> Charms in Well-Cast S.F. Opera Revival
June 16, 2015
Mozart's brilliant opera provided needed comic relief at the War Memorial Opera House. More about San Francisco Opera »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
 San Francisco Symphony  S.F. Symphony Takes a Trip with Beethoven’s <em>Missa solemnis</em>
June 15, 2015
Beethoven’s Mass becomes a staged multi-media experience, complete with light show and wandering soloists. More about San Francisco Symphony »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  <em>La Ciociara</em>: Old Before Its Time
June 15, 2015
The premiere of Marco Tutino's new opera delivered neo-Puccini without the punch or musical power. More about San Francisco Opera »
Opera REVIEW
 Los Angeles Opera  Operapocalypse Now!
June 12, 2015
Dog Days takes Los Angeles Opera into the heart of post-apocalyptic darkness. More about Los Angeles Opera »
Chamber Music REVIEW
 BELLA Piano Trio  B3LLA Trio Plays Bold Beethoven
June 10, 2015
The trio, adjusting to a personnel change for the performance, brought interpretative daring to a performance of Beethoven trios. More about BELLA Piano Trio »
Opera REVIEW
 San Francisco Opera  S.F. Opera Conquers The Trojans
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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Chamber Music REVIEW
 New Esterházy Quartet  Christine Brandes Stands Out in New Esterházy’s All-Haydn Program
June 8, 2015

The soprano’s performance of Arianna a Naxos lights up the room after an opening plagued with intonation and communication issues.

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Dance REVIEW
 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival  The World Comes to San Francisco for Ethnic Dance Festival
June 8, 2015
The festival brings 300 Bay Area dancers and musicians representing a wide array of cultures to the Palace of the Fine Arts. More about San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Left Coast Chamber Ensemble  Left Coast Goes to the Museum, Brings Home Six Brilliant Works
June 3, 2015
The concert featured works from young composers inspired by two sculptures housed in the de Young Museum’s Gallery 16. More about Left Coast Chamber Ensemble »
Modern Classical REVIEW
 Presidio Officers' Club  Young Telegraph Quartet Delights in American Quartets
June 3, 2015
The quartet played for a smaller crowd in the intimate setting of the Presidio Officers’ Club. More about Presidio Officers' Club »