Music: Moody Squiggles

San Francisco, which takes its opera between other cities' seasons so as to get good singers, was last week in the middle of its ninth annual opera fortnight. It heard an ably done Aïda (Soprano Elisabeth Rethberg, Russian Contralto Faina Petrova, Baritone Giuseppe Danise, Tenor Giovanni Martinelli, a bespectacled stage band in the triumph scene) ; a Lohengrin (Tenor Gotthelf Pistor, Soprano Maria Müller, Baritone Friedrich Schorr, all fresh from Bayreuth) ; Andrea Chenier and Madama Butterfly. There were to be seven more performances, all sung by a distinguished troupe but...

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