Verge Ensemble, “Modern Mystics”

In the opening program of its 40th anniversary season, the Verge Ensemble, the performance group of the Contemporary Music Forum, presented 90 minutes of distinctive contemporary classical music with commentary. While the program included five short computer-generated pieces by Paul  ...

Die Fledermaus, SF

I’ll take mine mit schlag. The Bay Area’s venerable Lamplighters have departed from the usual Gilbert and Sullivan fare to serve up Johann Strauss II’s delectable Viennese concoction, “Die Fledermaus,” in a production that often is as fizzy as  ...

Boris Berezovsky, London

In a welcome return to London after several years’ absence, acclaimed Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky opened the 2014 International Piano Series at the Southbank Centre with an impressive and absorbing recital of music by two of the finest  ...

David Greilsammer at Kennedy Center

Making his Kennedy Center debut, pianist David Greilsammer is not only a talented musician but also a man with engaging ideas that reach out to audiences across a wide spectrum of musical history. As part of its Hayes Piano Series,  ...

The Magic Flute

Whoa, a credit for animation on an opera review? It must be a misprint. It is not? Really? Yup. The stage set is 99% a flat white wall with a few flush doors you might not notice at first.  Against this  ...

The Barber of Seville

Well honey, he can cut my hair anytime. Rossini’s Figaro, probably the most famous coiffeur in the world, is delightfully showcased in San Francisco Opera’s new production (with Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet) of “The Barber of Seville,” sparkling with  ...

Falstaff

"Falstaff" is an operatic bauble, easily dismissed as a bit of comedic fun, yet considered by some, such as conductor James Conlon, to be one of the two crowning achievements of Verdi's long career. But isn't comedy often undervalued? Rarely  ...

The Flying Dutchman

Just in time for Halloween comes a spooky ghost story from the legendary past. The best thing about this one is the beautiful music it’s set to. Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” (“Der fliegende Holländer” if you prefer it in  ...

Carmen, LA Opera

 Patricia Bardon and Brandon Jovanovich in LA Opera's "Carmen"Photo by Robert Millard Music by Georges BizetLibretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic HalévyDirected by Trevore RossConducted by Placido DomingoWith Patricia Bardon, Brandon Jovanovich, Pretty Yende, Ildebrando D’ArcangeloLA Opera, Dorothy Chandler  ...

Dolores Claiborne, SF Opera

Watching the new opera “Dolores Claiborne” is a little bit like going to a good movie. Like one of those Hitchcock films with a really fine score by Bernard Herrmann that underlines the action without being particularly notable  ...