Classical Music

Reviews and previews of classical music performances and players. For a list of upcoming classical performances, visit our events section.

Dave Mustaine and the San Diego Symphony

Mustaine and the orchestra play an all classical concert together.

Saturday night at the Jacobs Music Center was about the most fun I’ve had at a symphony concert. The buzz before the April 12 concert was alien to those hallowed walls — at least in ...

Afternoon at the (final?) opera

Criticism of Campbells persists, "town hall" meeting planned

The confused yet honorable Don Quixote wandering the Civic Center stage vanquishing windmills and shaming robbers served as a perfect metaphor for the final performance of the San Diego Opera. Woven around and through the ...

Project Trio at the Symphony

Beatbox and wave your hands in the air

The Project Trio was in town last weekend. I had recommended them sight-unseen earlier in the week. Having now seen them at the Jacobs Music Center on Sunday, I can say they are the most ...

Opera: Campbells could get up to $3 million more

Board members not given compensation committee minutes

If the San Diego Opera closes down after this season, as administrative and artistic director Ian Campbell desires, Campbell and his ex-wife Ann could make $2.5 million to $3 million after their work is over, ...

Opera Wednesday in La Jolla

When was the last time you were able to critique a critic?

Opera Wednesdays are starting this Wednesday at the La Jolla Community Center. As I’ve mentioned before, opera is not dead. The lineup on Wednesday is strong and features a slew of accomplished singers. All of ...

Huge classical weekend ahead

Wanna support music with your attendance? Get some this weekend.

It’s time to walk the talk folks. The musical community in San Diego is talking about saving the opera and the death of classical music. The simple solution is to get out there and go ...

Opera board not provided with information requested

$10 million need not be raised by April 29

"We have improperly been denied information," says a key board member of San Diego Opera. On March 28, eight board members of the opera sent a letter to opera director Ian Campbell and Chairwoman Karen ...

Opera board still looking for donors

Meets for four and a half hours today

The board of the San Diego Opera held a four-and-a-half-hour emergency meeting today (March 31). Ian Campbell, head of the opera, brought three lawyers with him. Marc Scorca of Opera America also attended. The plans ...

Letter sent by San Diego Opera board members today (March 28)

I have removed the names of the signers.

March 28, 2014 Dear Ian and Karen, We as Board members believe the following information is essential to understanding the current situation of the San Diego Opera and to knowledgeably participate in Board meetings that ...

Eleven opera board members demand information

Held meeting Wednesday; letter goes out today

Eleven irate members of the San Diego Opera board held a private meeting Wednesday. They will be sending out a letter to the other 47 board members this afternoon. "We have to have the information ...

An operatic death

The sky is falling and opera is dying.

Opera is dying, opera is dying, opera is dying! Ticket sales are down across the country from San Francisco to The Met. In a recent interview I had with Ferruccio Furlanetto, he mentioned that things ...

San Diego Opera reforms as San Diego Popera

"Popular opera! What a concept!"

The San Diego Opera, long considered one of the best in the country, recently announced that financial difficulties necessitated its closure at the end of its 2014 season. But in his farewell speech before fleeing, ...

Opera president denies ugliest rumors

City wouldn't cut Civic Center rent.

Karen Cohn, chairwoman of San Diego Opera, says if some moneybags comes forward with a fat gift, the opera would love to start business again. I interviewed her because Ian Campbell, general director, said he ...

The inside story of San Diego Opera's demise

Who is at fault?

On the evening of March 20, San Francisco Opera held its annual meeting. David Gockley, general director, said the announced folding of San Diego Opera is "a tragedy." San Diego was"one of the best-run companies ...

Mayor Faulconer makes dramatic plea to save San Diego Opera

"Cincinnati has an opera, people. Cincinnati."

Just one day after San Diego Opera announced that it would be ceasing operations at the close of its season, a visibly shaken Mayor Faulconer called a special public session of the City Council to ...