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San Francisco Opera (SFO) is an American opera company, based in San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1923 by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953). The first performance given by San Francisco Opera was La bohème, with Queena Mario and Giovanni Martinelli, on 26 September 1923, in the citys Civic Auditorium and conducted by Merola, whose involvement in opera in the San Francisco Bay Area had been ongoing since his first visit in 1906.