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San Francisco Opera Co. Founded 1923 by Gaetano Merola, who was dir. until 1953, then succeeded by Kurt Herbert Adler (1953–82); Terence A. McEwen (1982–8); Lotfi Mansouri from 1988. Ranks with Chicago in importance after NY Met. War Memorial Opera House, seating 3,252, opened Oct. 1932 with Tosca. Among 20th-cent. works staged for the first time in USA at S. Francisco are Die Frau ohne Schatten, The Makropulos Affair, Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Midsummer Marriage, and King Priam. First mus. dir. John Pritchard (1986–89), Donald Runnicles from 1992.

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San Francisco Opera Co.