Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Carl Rosa Opera Company is an Opera company .

The company

The Carl Rosa Opera Company was founded in 1873 by Carl Rosa, a German-born musical impresario, and his wife, British operatic soprano Euphrosyne Parepa-Rosa to present opera in English in London and the British provinces. It survived Rosa's death in 1889, and continued to present opera in English on tour until 1960, when it was obliged to close for lack of funds. The company was revived in 1997.

On tour in South Africa

The Carl Rosa Opera Company presented a season of 18 different operas at the Empire Theatre in Johannesburg and the Alhambra Theatre in Cape Town in 1937. They performed Verdi's Rigoletto in English at the Alhambra Theatre on 15 July 1937.

The reformed company toured South Africa in 2006 with performances of The Merry Widow at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town from January 25 and the Nelson Mandela Theatre of The Johannesburg Civic Theatre from February 8.


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