Carl Rosa throughout his career in Britain was keen to encourage young British composers, and Esmeralda was commissioned from Arthur Goring Thomas on the evidence of a successful student work. The result, premiered in a prestigious London opera house, was an immediate popular success, A lengthy national tour followed, and a second work, Nadeshda, immediately ordered as a follow-up. A further tour of Esmeralda followed in 1886.
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