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Georgia Rowe

Georgia Rowe has been a Bay Area arts writer since 1986. She is Opera News’ chief San Francisco correspondent, and a frequent contributor to San Francisco Classical Voice, Musical America, San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, and San Francisco Examiner. Her work has also appeared in Gramophone, San Francisco Magazine, and Songlines.

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Feature Article
April 29, 2008

Like all great children’s books, The Little Prince has always had something to say to adults. Those who first experienced Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic novella as young readers find themselves returning to it again and again, drawn by the universal themes contained in this magical story of a boy who is lost, found, and transformed by love.

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Feature Article
April 22, 2008

Like all great children’s books, The Little Prince has always had something to say to adults. Those who first experienced Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic novella as young readers find themselves returning to it again and again, drawn by the universal themes contained in this magical story of a boy who is lost, found, and transformed by love.

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Archive Review
April 15, 2008

Musical links, not literary ones, generally form the basis of orchestral programs, but last week at Davies Symphony Hall, the San Francisco Symphony took a novel approach. On the program were two works inspired by Cervantes' 17th-century masterpiece, Don Quixote — first, Manuel de Falla's 1923 one-act opera, Master Peter's Puppet Show, and, after intermission, Richard Strauss' 1897 tone poem, Don Quixote.

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Feature Article
April 8, 2008

Kate Royal is on the move. The soprano, who comes to Cal Performances April 13 as part of her first U.S. recital tour, is getting a serious taste of life on the road. Our first attempt at a phone interview hits a glitch — due to a scheduling change. It turns out that she’s on a plane, instead of in New York, at the appointed time. The next morning, I catch up with her in Vermont; later that evening, she explains, she’s singing at Middlebury College.

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Archive Review
March 18, 2008

Transfer of power is never easy, but the Berkeley Symphony has made the process one of the most interesting and edifying developments of this year’s music season. Soon after Kent Nagano declared his intention to step down as music director at the end of his 30th season in 2009, the organization announced that it would hold two years of on-podium auditions to determine his successor. The race is on.

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Feature Article
March 11, 2008

If Pauline Viardot hadn’t actually lived, some opera composer might have invented her. The life of the 19th-century French singer-composer is the stuff of drama, and nearly a century after her death, she remains one of the more intriguing figures of European musical history.

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