Music: Triple Treat

On opera opening nights, say San Franciscans, no woman looks another in the eye—glances glide from the neck down, comparing finery. As for the performers on the stage, they do not necessarily rate full attention either. But this season the excellent San Francisco Opera Company has three attractions that compel all eyes and ears. They are three striking European sopranos whose high Cs are sure to echo across other U.S. opera and concert stages.

Mado Robin, 35, a petite ambassadress from the Paris Opera, opened the season as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, determined not to go unnoticed. During her first scene, before...

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