Music: San Francisco Smash

A quarter of a century ago. the San Francisco Opera Company was only a sort of West Coast annex to the Met. It even sandwiched in its season−mid-September to mid-October− ahead of New York's so that it could use Met singers. The traditional season in San Francisco has not changed, but last week, as the company celebrated its 35th year and its 25th anniversary in its ornate opera house, it was clearly nobody's annex. In some ways San Francisco is now the finest opera company in the U.S., often on a par with the Met in...

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