Philippa Kiraly has been a classical music critic for more than 30 years. She wrote for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio and, after moving to Seattle in 1991, for the Sun Press and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Nowadays she writes for The Sun Break blog, The Seattle Times and City Arts.

Recent Articles

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The Brasil Guitar Duo Makes Its Seattle Debut

Douglas Lora and Joao Luiz met as teens in Brazil and began playing together 20 years ago, earning worldwide respect for their unique combination of Brazilian and classical music.
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‘The Barber of Seville‘ a Sheer Delight

Seattle Opera‘s Rossini production is 19th-century musical comedy at its finest.
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Seattle Symphony’s Masterworks with Mahler and Berlioz

The series' season opener features two extravagant composers ahead of their time.
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Dausgaard Leads SSO with Moving Delicacy

Another fabulous, well-balanced SSO program featuring Mendelssohn, Nielsen and Grime.
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An Unusual Night at the Symphony

A not-to-be-forgotten production of Ravel's short opera "L'enfant et les sortileges" along with a tour-de-force performance of Mozart's Concerto No. 9.
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Lest We Forget

Two poignant programs this weekend, from Music of Remembrance and Seattle Pro Musica.
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A Spellbinding ‘Magic Flute’ at Seattle Opera

Every element in this production of the Mozart opera is a standout.
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Bach on the Organ

Why this Friday's concert at St. Mark's Cathedral will be truly remarkable.
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Take Note of NOCCO

This top-notch, conductor-less ensemble returns to chamber orchestra fundamentals.
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Love, Faith, Death and ‘Combat’

Seattle Opera presents a Muslim Christian love story set to Monteverdi.
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Breathtaking Performances by Dausgaard and Melnikov

The conductor and pianist led a fresh, virtuosic Rachmaninoff program with the Seattle Symphony.