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Carl August Nicholas Rosa (1842–1889) by Bassano, 1882 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Rosa, Carl August Nicholas [formerly Karl August Nikolaus Rose] (1842–1889), opera manager, was born at Hamburg on 22 March 1842, the son of Ludwig Rose, a businessman, and his wife Sophie, née Becker. He began to learn the violin and made a public début at eight years of age. From 1859 to 1863 he studied in the conservatories of ...