Classical Music

A rare opera performance on Black Friday in Escondido

Intimate La Traviata

There is a chance to hear opera on Black Friday weekend. Pacific Lyric Association is presenting Verdi’s La Traviata at the California Center for the Arts Escondido. Singing the lead role of Violetta is L.A.-based ...

San Diego Symphony: The Rachmaninoff Redemption

Conductor Johannes Debus allowed the brass to poor it on pretty thick and heavy

The San Diego Symphony is sounding good this season. I went to what I’m calling "The Rachmaninoff Redemption" last weekend and my sins were washed away. The opening piece of the RR was a “between-the-wars ...

Who is George Onslow?

Piece after piece of Onslow’s chamber music confirmed that here we have a neglected master

Beethoven and Schubert admired him. Mendelssohn and Schumann thought his string quartets were as good as those by Mozart and Beethoven. Schubert fashioned his cello sonatas after this composer’s cello sonatas. He was George Onslow ...

Rach Mozart

San Diego's busy weekend in classical music

In addition to a busy weekend of contrasting operas, the San Diego Symphony is throwing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at us. Mozart’s final symphony, The Jupiter, is coming along for the ride as well. ...

Two very different operas this week in San Diego

A tale of two operas

There are two decidedly different operas being performed November 11–13. One is Hansel und Gretel at Point Loma Opera Theatre and the other is Soldier Songs at San Diego Opera. Hansel und Gretel is most ...

Purveyors of mindless memes comment on the Richard Tucker opera gala

Yaaaas, I've had enough

I watched the live stream of the Richard Tucker Gala on Medici TV’s Facebook stream. At one point I was kind of a fan of letting people live tweet during opera or symphony performances. After ...

Rossini the foodie

Opera and food — It's a good life

I had forgotten that Rossini stopped composing opera so early. It could be that I never put it together since he continued to compose sacred music in the 1840s, '50s, and '60s with the Petite ...

William Tell at the Met

A drowsy patron makes it to the satisfying conclusion

William Tell or Guillaume Tell is an enormous opera. The performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera began at 6:30 p.m. and ended at 11:45 p.m. While there are times when I thought Rossini could have ...

San Diego Opera: Similar to the Met

After seeing two operas at the Met, I think San Diego offers a similar experience

I ended up in New York over the weekend and attended two productions at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center. The operas I saw were William Tell and Italian Girl in Algiers. Both are by ...

San Diego Symphony opens masterworks season

I got "Shaham'd." Again.

The Jacobs Masterworks Series started at Symphony Hall this last weekend. The concert was Schumann’s American Festival Overture, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and Brahms Symphony No. 3. Starting off was William — not Robert — Schumann’s ...

Cenerentola or Cinderella at San Diego Opera

An unfamiliar version of the rags to riches story

On Saturday, October 22, the San Diego Opera will open its 2016–17 season. This is the first autumn production the company has put on for as long as anyone can remember. The opening opera is ...

Opus Gala at San Diego Symphony

...sans "opuses"

The San Diego Symphony had their annual Opus Gala on Saturday night October 8. The format this year was different from that of recent years. The difference is that there were on "opuses." Also, music ...

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra goes esoteric

Has Riccardo Muti been reading the San Diego Reader?

It appears as though maestro Riccardo Muti has been reading the esoteric pick of the week. I’m obviously overstating the case there, but the Chicago Tribune has weighed in on Muti’s recent trip “...down nearly ...

Neville Marriner dies aged 92

Health kept him from conducting the San Diego Symphony

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields has announced that Sir Neville Marriner has died. We almost had the honor of hearing him conduct the San Diego Symphony in January of 2015 but the ...

Serotinal dismay

The hottest day of the year forces my ears to Vivaldi and Finzi

Monday was the hottest day of the year, so I was forced to turn toward some autumnal music to keep from falling into an Indian Summer depression. I went to two different pieces of music, ...

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