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Ilana Walder-Biesanz

Ilana Walder-Biesanz is an Associate Product Manager at Yahoo! and a freelance theater and opera reviewer. She holds a B.S. in Engineering from Olin College and an M.Phil. in European Literature from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates-Cambridge Scholar. She spent the past year on a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany watching and writing about theater and opera. Her reviews have been published in Bachtrack, Opera Online, the Operetta Research Archive, The Cambridge Student, Cambridge Theatre Review, and Stark Insider. Ilana is also a trained lyric mezzo-soprano and has appeared as a soloist in Baroque operas in Spain and England.

Articles by this Author

Opera Review
October 17, 2017

The legendary singer is only one reason to see these powerful Verdi and Bizet productions.

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Opera Review
September 25, 2017

Glittery sets and costumes aren’t enough to save this tired production.

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Feature Article
June 23, 2017

Mason Bates’ opera is designed to use both high-tech and traditional operatic ideas to enter the inner world of the mercurial co-founder of Apple, Inc.

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Opera Review
June 2, 2017

The baritone created something special out of a shopworn production.

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Opera Review
February 14, 2017

The lighthearted opera packs a serious, newly relevant punch.

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Opera Review
November 8, 2016

Leslie Swackhamer’s revival of the Jun Kaneko production at S.F. Opera is as forcefully anti-imperialist as the opera will allow.

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Opera Review
August 9, 2016

Strong leads, clever staging, and a solid orchestra bring out the best in Handel’s dark satire.

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Opera Review
June 16, 2016

Leoš Janáček’s powerful music drama gets a thoughtful, musically pungent production.

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Opera Review
May 31, 2016

Composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Gene Scheer tell stories of camp survivors in an new opera.

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Opera Review
April 11, 2016

A young, period performance company wraps up Handel’s Orlando furioso trilogy.

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Opera Review
November 29, 2015

Led by a funny, natural Figaro, the S.F. Opera revival of Barber of Seville is frothy entertainment.

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Opera Review
October 19, 2015

Opera traditionalists will find plenty to like about West Bay Opera’s production, which lacks surprises.

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Opera Review
October 12, 2015

S.F. Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor lacks novelty but packs the satisfying emotional punch of well-delivered tragedy.

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