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New in September

Posted 4 Oct 2017

Of all opera providers in Scotland in the days before the arrival of Edinburgh International Festival and Scottish Opera, Carl Rosa Opera was by far the most important and long-lasting. It may seem hardly surprising therefore that in our historic work we are concentrating first on tracking down their contribution.

The current phase involves us tackling the remainder of the years from 1900 to 1923 when the company was managed by the van Noordens.

We have continued to add details of the Carl Rosa Scottish tour in Spring 1923. Over ten weeks the company visited six centres and performed 22 operas. Last month we mentioned six of them - here is the complete list:

Aïda; Bohemian Girl; Carmen; Cavalleria Rusticana;  

Daughter of the Regiment; Faust; Lily of Killarney; Lohengrin;

Madam Butterfly; Maritana; Marriage of Figaro; Masked Ball;

Mastersingers; Mignon; Pagliacci; Rigoletto; Samson and Delilah;

Tales of Hoffmann; Tannhäuser; Thaïs and Talmaae; Tristan and Isolde; Trovatore.

We intend over the next year to post details for their remaining performances. 

Other performances entered

Other productions during 2017 now detailed on this site include the Ryedale Finta Giardiniera and two more small-scale stagings - Boheme, by Heritage and Boheme by Opera Bohemia.


Carl Rosa Opera: Book in preparation

The Carl Rosa Trust has undertaken to produce a history of the Carl Rosa Opera. Iain Fraser of OperaScotland has agreed to contribute a chapter on Rosa himself. All at OperaScotland generally are to collaborate by contributing information.

If anyone reading this is able to help, we'd also welcome your contribution. 


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