A b o u t   t h e   C a r l   R o s a  T r u s t

The Carl Rosa Opera Company still holds the record as the longest-running and most successful travelling opera company in British history. After successful seasons touring opera in English in the United States of America during the late 1860s, Carl Rosa (1842–1889) and his wife Euphrosyne Parepa-Rosa (1836–1874) organised their first season in Manchester in 1873. The new Company was called the Carl Rosa Opera Company and toured the length and breadth of Britain from then until its final performance in London (Don Giovanni at the Prince’s Theatre) on 17th September 1960.

Carl and Euphroysyne

The Carl Rosa Trust Ltd was established in May 1953 through an agreement made between Annette Phillips (then Artistic and Managing Director of the Carl Rosa Company) and the Arts Council of Great Britain. From 1953 to 1960 the Trust was responsible for the running and administration of the Company.

Since 1960, when the Carl Rosa Opera Company gave its last performance, the Carl Rosa Trust has used its resources to support opera singers by awarding grants. The Carl Rosa Trust is active today in its role as sole custodian of the Carl Rosa Archive.