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date: 11 November 2019

Carl Rosa Opera Companylocked

  • Carole Rosen


British company founded in 1873 by a conductor and violinist born as Karl August Nikolaus Rose in Hamburg in 1843. He made his British début in 1866 as a violin soloist at the Crystal Palace, in a concert with the established soprano Euphrosyne Parepa. They married in New York in February 1867; for the next four years the Parepa-Rosa Grand Opera Company successfully toured the USA with Parepa-Rosa as leading soprano and her husband conducting. In 1873 Parepa's health prevented her from leading the company and the renamed Carl Rosa English Opera Company appeared for the first time at the Theatre Royal, Manchester, on 1 September that year in Maritana. Parepa died in January 1874.

The company's first London season, in September 1875, opened at the Princess's Theatre in Oxford Street with Le nozze di Figaro, with Charles Santley as Figaro and Rose Hersee as Susanna. The repertory, sung in English, included ...

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