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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Hero and Antihero at Seattle Symphony

This week at Benaroya Hall, Seattle Symphony juxtaposes heroic Strauss with the world premiere of David Lang's “symphony without a hero.”
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An Uncomfortable ‘Cosi’ at Seattle Opera

Mozart’s opera 'Cosi fan tutte' has always been considered scandalous, but in Seattle Opera's current production the real scandal is the cynical consideration of women.
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Shadow Puppets Meet Schubert

How do you come up with shadow puppets to describe the wilderness of the soul that is “Die Winterreise?" Paper Puppet Opera helps us appreciate this dark 75 minutes of voice and piano.
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New Concert Series Creates “Sanctuary in the City”

A new lunchtime concert series continues this Wednesday, featuring music from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia.
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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.