Saturday, February 23, 2008

Revival!

In a rather oddly titled article from the Telegraph online, Opera loosens its Corsets, (the article's a couple of years old), I was intrigued to discover that the Carl Rosa company was back in existence. Carl Rosa would have been delighted, I’m sure.
I have tenuous links with the Carl Rosa company – second or third-hand, some might say. When I was at the London Opera Centre, the director was James Robertson, and he’d had real links with the company; he’d conducted for them for some time. It had obviously been an enjoyable time of his life, and he would mention Carl Rosa (by which he meant the company rather than the person) with warmth and enthusiasm.
The revived Carl Rosa is the brainchild (lovechild, you might almost say) of Peter Molloy, who delights in operetta, and has offered excellent and fresh productions of some of the G & S repertoire (they’re just about to take The Mikado off to the States) as well as other light opera pieces.
The company, in its original form, was the first to produce England or in the English tongue the following list of top operatic works: Lohengrin, Aida, Carmen, La Boheme, Cavalleria Rusticana, Hansel and Gretel, Mignon, Manon, Tannhauser, Rienzi, Andrea Chenier, Othello and The Flying Dutchman. Quite an achievement.
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