Production Name 1910Dec24, Lotta's Fountain, Last Rose of Summer, The
Performing Arts Type(s) Opera, European
Beginning Date December 24, 1910
End Date December 24, 1910
Production Type Single event
Location(s) of Production Lotta's Fountain (San Francisco)
Piece(s) in Production Last Rose of Summer, The, Auld Lang Syne
Reference(s) San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum
People in Production Tetrazzini, Luisa (Singer)
Arts of Performance in Production Singing, Playing music
Notes About 250,000 people gathered in the streets around Lotta's Fountain in downtown San Francisco to hear Luisa Tetrazzini give a free concert on Christmas Eve, 1910. According to her contract with Oscar Hammerstein, impresario of the Metropolitan Opera Company, Tetrazzini was barred from singing under any management but his. Tetrazzini disputed the contract, and got around the restriction by staging a free concert (against her policy of ever singing for nothing) for her favorite audience, the people of San Francisco. At the end of the concert, the crowd joined in in singing "Auld Lang Syne." By all accounts, it was a powerful, moving event that deeply touched those present. Tetrazzini was to talk about it as her most enthusiastic audience ever, and as her "night of nights," for the rest of her life. SFPALM

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