B0768. CARDELL BISHOP. THE SAN CARLO OPERA COMPANY OF AMERICA, 1913-55 – Grand Opera for Profit. Privately Printed by the Author, c.1976. 258 pp. Photos. (softbound) Long out-of-print, Final Copy! Exceedingly Elusive!
"The San Carlo Opera Company of America was unique in the history of live opera performances in America. In the pre-radio and pre-television days, opera was heard only by phonograph records and live performances. While many opera recordings were available in disparate parts of America, few communities had access to live performances of complete operas, with full sets, costumes and orchestra. The Metropolitan Opera did begin touring in 1883 with a jaunt to Boston and later increased their touring to other major cities as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati; eventually including San Francisco to the West and Atlanta to the South. Enter Fortune Gallo's San Carlo Opera Company in 1913 and the touring began. This opera company brought live opera performances to many smaller communities which had never seen opera before. Having this opportunity to attend these San Carlo Opera Company performances made life-long opera buffs of myriad attendees. Even today, there are still amongst us, many opera goers who fondly recall their first attendance of an opera was at a San Carlo Opera Company performance."
- Zillah Dorset Akron