THE SAN FRANCISCO OPERA by Arthur J. Bloomfield


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A music and art critic by profession and regular contributor to Musical America, Mr. Bloomfield gives us a comprehensive, blow-by-blow account of this now world-renowned opera company, beginning with its incipient years prior to the first formal season in 1983 and bringing us up to the season of 1961. We learn in great detail about the ideas and efforts of Neapolitan Casetano Merola, founder of The San Francisco Opera and General Director of the group until his death in 1958; the plans and construction of the War Memorial Opera House which opened for performances with the season of 1932; most of all, we read critical historical discussions of the various performances and the performers in their respective roles each season. Four appendices appear at the end of this book: the First, each complete cast from 1923- the second, the repertoire of the company, giving the year or years of performance for each opera listed; third, an index of performers, indicating the years during which they appeared with the company; finally, a list of the officers and Directors from . Certainly this is a laudable opera company with exciting and adventurous pioneering to its credit, in terms of both repertoire and performers; however, it is doubtful whether this book will have an audience outside of the thoroughly dedicated opera-lovers who are extremely well-informed about 20th-century opera stars.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1961
Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts