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1906 Concert & Sing-Along: A Caruso Memory

California Historical Society, DP&A, Inc; KALW, SFPALM; SF Opera; YBG

The California Historical Society presents a free outdoor concert in Yerba Buena Gardens to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the performance here by legendary tenor Enrico Caruso.

The performance feature selections from the Bizet opera "Carmen" in which Caruso sang on the eve of San Francisco’s Great Earthquake and Fire. These selections from Carmen and historic songs of the period will be performed by members of the San Francisco Pocket Opera, Matthew O'Neill, San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellow, other local singers, and special guest appearances.

Emcee for the concert is long-time Bay Area radio personality Alan Farley of KALW. The concert will be broadcast live on KALW “Information Radio”, 91.7 FM.

Following the free outdoor musical event, near the site of the Grand Opera House in which Caruso performed, the California Historical Society opens its doors free to the public for all to view its landmark exhibit: Jack London and the Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906.

Also celebrating its 100th birthday, Zeum's historic Looff Carousel in Yerba Buena Gardens ( 4th & Howard Streets) offers free rides on its historic “horses” during and after the event.

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Monday, April 17, 2006 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission Street (between 3rd & 4th)
San Francisco, CA


On April 17, 1906, the world's greatest opera star, Enrico Caruso, appeared in "Carmen" at San Francisco's Grand Opera House on Mission Street between 3rd & 4th. Exactly 100 years later, in the same block, singers from Pocket Opera and San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellow Program will sing selections from "Carmen" and other music of the period in commemoration.


General public. Free event.

Volunteer Opportunities

People being sought to hand out programs


David Perry, (415) 693-0583

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