Music: Dauntless Impresario

To give two weeks of opera with singers imported from New York and Chicago, San Francisco last autumn opened the first municipal opera house in the U. S., one of the world's finest music theatres (TIME, Oct. 17). The chorus was composed of local amateurs. Orchestramen were borrowed from the San Francisco Symphony. The whole enterprise was characteristic of the audacity with which Impresario Gaetano Merola rounded up a San Francisco Opera Association ten years ago, collected membership dues running from $50 to $100 a head and proceeded to put on ambitious...

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