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Luisa Tetrazinni sings on Market Street


The Last Rose of Summer
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"Romeo and Juliet"
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Market Street's most dramatic moment occurred on Christmas Eve 1910. Luisa Tetrazzini, the greatest opera singer of her day, had been scheduled to sing in New York. She claimed the contract was invalid and explained that her manager had booked her for a concert in San Francisco. A court battle ensued, during which the diva exclaimed to the press. "I will sing in San Francisco if I have to sing there in the streets, for I know the streets of San Francisco are free." Source: Walking San Francisco on the Barbary Coast Trail

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