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
September 11, 2017

The much-loved, much-seen show, with its opulent designs, opens the season with a lukewarm cast.

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Opera Review
September 11, 2017

It would be a crime to miss this great cast in San Francisco Opera’s brilliant production.

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Recital Review
August 29, 2017

The San Francisco International Piano Festival has the pianists in charge of what’s on the program, making for an eclectic mix of interests and experiences.

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Choral Review
August 22, 2017

Together with great soloists, the California Chamber Symphony, and an excellent children’s choir, the Society creates a memorable Elijah.

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Opera Review
August 22, 2017

Simple staging and sublime performances make the three-hour “variety show” zip by with style.

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Chamber Music Review
August 22, 2017

New music and old mixed together in a concert that showed how a balanced playlist can refresh the ears.

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Modern Classical Review
August 15, 2017

The vibrant program showcased brilliant new compositions and outstanding musicianship.

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Opera Review
August 15, 2017

Libby Larsen’s operatic adaptation of Shelley is less than riveting in a confusing production.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
August 14, 2017

A.B.S. Academy participants show their stuff in an assured performance.

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Opera Review
August 8, 2017

Martín y Soler’s jaunty farce makes an un-edgy interlude in West Edge Opera’s festival season.

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