Music: Onward with Adler

"I inherited a city uniquely devoted to opera," says Kurt Herbert Adler, a man uniquely devoted to opera. Adler is the general director of the San Francisco Opera and last week, as his company kicked off its 50th-anniversary season, citizens and patrons were busy proving their devotion. In what other major American city would the mayor set aside a big chunk of downtown (Union Square) and invite 10,000 for a musicale? Where else would Jesus Freaks mingle with bankers and hard hats to watch Fafner the Dragon chase Wagner's Rhinemaidens and the clowns from...

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