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

Review

Seattle Opera’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ is a cornucopia of vocal and visual riches

The current production is a lively, well-knit, colorful and moving story and production well worth seeing.
Review

‘Wonderful Town’ Lives Up to its Adjective

Seattle Symphony celebrates Leonard Bernstein's centenary with a semi-staged version of his exuberant musical.
Review

JACK Quartet, Joshua Roman at Town Music

On May 10, Town Music wrapped up its 2018 season with a program full of new-to-Seattle works.
Preview

Building an Intimate ‘Aida’

A conversation with E. Loren Meeker, who directs Seattle Opera’s upcoming presentation of Verdi‘s 'Aida.'
Review

Stage Magic and Stravinsky

Seattle Symphony's elaborate production includes piano, puppets, percussion, scenery, dancers, you name it.
Preview

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.”
Review

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.
Preview

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.
Preview

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.
Review

‘The Barber of Seville‘ a Sheer Delight

Seattle Opera‘s Rossini production is 19th-century musical comedy at its finest.