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Lisa Hirsch

Lisa Hirsch is a technical writer. She studied music at Brandeis and Stony Brook, and blogs about classical music and opera at Iron Tongue of Midnight.

Articles by this Author

Festival Review
August 7, 2017

No disruption here: Music Director Cristian Mačelaru first concerts at Cabrillo have a familiar vibe.

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Opera Review
May 29, 2017

Philip Glass’s beautiful dance-opera adaptation of a thorny Jean Cocteau theme gets the first-rate production and performance it deserves.

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Choral Review
April 25, 2017

Superb musicianship, unusual vocal techniques, and fascinating repertoire choices set this chorus apart.

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Choral Review
March 28, 2017

Magen Solomon’s unusually broad program showcases nearly a millennium of music by and about women.

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Opera Review
March 14, 2017

A rare performance by the Italian soprano delivers Poulenc’s monodrama of misery and longing.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
January 31, 2017

Flat programming and dull arrangements don’t fulfill the promise of the revered ensemble.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 17, 2017

Pretty presentation does little to inject drama into an early Mahler cantata

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Opera Review
November 8, 2016

SFO’s militantly fresh approach eschews the camels and kitsch and highlights outstanding performances, potent choreography, and unapologetically modern design.

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Opera Review
October 18, 2016

Pitch-perfect performances and stark, elegant staging deliver an emotional wallop in this must-see production.

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Modern Classical Review
August 9, 2016

Two commissions honor Marin Alsop, the festivals founder and guiding light.

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Opera Review
June 14, 2016

Vocally and orchestrally, this revival is as good as it gets.

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Opera Review
May 2, 2016

Opera Parallèle delivers an imaginative production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ mysterious opera for three voices.

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Choral Review
April 13, 2016

The early music ensemble delivers an earthy, thrilling program exploring the relationship of the sensual and the spiritual in Renaissance vocal music.

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Opera Review
September 14, 2015

Extraordinary singing by Michael Fabiano was the main reward in an otherwise uninspiring performance.

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Feature Article
September 9, 2015

From the “rat” Lohengrin to the violence-saturated Ring, Bayreuth 2015 featured disturbing but provoking images along with a lot of musical highlights.

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Festival Review
August 11, 2015

You’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard of Rebel and Aubert, but ABS’ performance highlighted the inventiveness of their lesser-known works.

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Opera Review
June 15, 2015

The premiere of Marco Tutino's new opera delivered neo-Puccini without the punch or musical power.

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Opera Review
June 9, 2015

Berlioz’s grandest of grand operas makes it to the War Memorial Opera House in a production that scores points on every level.

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Opera Review
May 4, 2015

A new chamber opera by Tarik O'Regan shows the continuing power of Conrad's story, despite some flaws.

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Opera Review
November 15, 2014

Benjamin Britten's Curlew River, a comparative rarity in that composer's catalog, presented by Cal Performances, offered two performances of an acclaimed production that originated in London and is now touring the United States.

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