Historical Performances: Sutherland, Kraus Introduce “I Puritani” to San Francisco Opera – September 20, 1966

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of historic performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the first of fourteen such observances of performances from the company’s 1966 Fall season. San Francisco Opera’s 1966 main season opened with the company’s first ever performances … Read more

Historical Performances: “Il Trovatore” with dal Ponte, Todd, Allen and Boatwright – San Francisco Spring Opera Theater, June 20, 1966

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of historic performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the fifth of five such observances of performances from the company’s 1966 Spring Opera Theater season. Less than two years after my first live performance … Read more

Historical Performances: Douglas Moore’s “Carry Nation” with Wolff, Faull, Smith and Fredricks – San Francisco Spring Opera, June 13, 1966

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the fourth of five such observances of performances from the company’s 1966 Spring Opera Theater season. Douglas Moore’s biographical opera “Carry Nation” provided a pyschological portrait … Read more

Historical Performances: Vanni, Armstrong, Beattie in “Italian Girl in Algiers” – San Francisco Spring Opera Theater, June 6, 1966

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the third of five such observances of performances from the company’s 1966 Spring Opera Theater season. Mezzo-soprano Helen Vanni had opened the 1966 San Francisco Spring … Read more

Historical Performances: San Francisco Spring Opera’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” – May 31, 1966

Note from William: This post continues my series of observances of performances that I attended at San Francisco Opera during the general directorship of Kurt Herbert Adler. This is the second of five such observances of performances from the company’s 1966 Spring Opera Theater season. The second evening on my 1966 SPOT subscription was Donizetti’s … Read more