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Ragged University: ‘Carl Rosa; The Entrepreneur Who Made Opera Popular’ – plus – ‘The Post Modern Doctorate’ Discussion

26th April 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cabaret Voltaire
36-38 Blair St
Ragged University: 'Carl Rosa; The Entrepreneur Who Made Opera Popular' - plus - 'The Post Modern Doctorate' Discussion @ Cabaret Voltaire

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and learn all about Carl Rosa, the man inspired by Opera – plus – the Post Modern Doctorate and how we value knowledge outside of formal education…

Carl Rosa; The Entrepreneur Who Made Opera Popular: or From ‘Juvenile Paganini’ to Operatic Entrepreneur by Iain Fraser

The man who did most to bring opera to Scotland (and indeed Britain) in the golden age of opera, the late nineteenth century, was Karl Rose, a native of Hamburg and by turns a citizen of the USA and finally of Britain. He was active in Britain with Carl Rosa Opera from 1873 until his death in 1889, at the early age of 47.

Rosa believed in the potential of opera for a mass market if performed in English. Just as there were schools of Italian, German and French opera, so Rosa argued there should also be an English school of opera. To this end he commissioned new works from the leading British composers of the day – including two Scots (Alexander Mackenzie and Hamish MacCunn). Rosa built market demand to such an extent that his company, under shifting managements, continued until 1960, by which time opera in the UK required state subsidy to survive.


Post Modern Doctorate – Short Presentation and Discussion by Alex Dunedin

Ragged University as a project has been running for 8 years now at points over four different cities. In the background to the events lots of conversations have been had with universities and colleges about the knowledge and skills people develop in their own lives independent of formal education. Through these conversations with formal educators an idea has emerged which is being brought together called the ‘post modern doctorate’ and I am interested to gauge the interest of people in being involved in the development.

I would like to meet and hear the thoughts of people who would be interested in writing and submitting papers to journals, doing presentations at educational conferences, writing essays which follow conventions of learning and creating your own PhD. This discussion will form the basis of much to come, please register your interest if it is attractive as an idea.