To make it all work as music drama, whatever the time and place, Berlioz’ score carefully tracks and amplifies the action. Stirringly performed under returning hero Donald Runnicles, San Francisco Opera’s former music director, the music surged along with narrative drive, measured balance with the soloists and a large chorus and a prismatic range of keenly colored effects. Brass fanfares and ecstatic harps took their turn with mourning clarinets and pensive oboes.
Steven Winn, The Classical Review
8 June 2015