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Ian Rosenblatt presents the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London’s only world-class series of opera recitals.
The 2016/17 season boasts an impressive line-up of singers, demonstrating the breadth and wealth of talent with which Rosenblatt Recitals is synonymous. With eight recitals comprising up and coming talent as well as established artists at its regular home at Wigmore Hall, the seventeenth season also includes a special recital at Cadogan Hall by star soprano Sondra Radvanovsky
Opening the season at Wigmore Hall is American lyric tenor Alek Shrader (26 September); a recipient of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship, he makes his Rosenblatt Recitals debut with a fascinating programme of song and opera from both sides of the Atlantic. October sees Eleonora Buratto (20 October), a student of Luciano Pavarotti and an artist who has performed under the baton of Riccardo Muti on several occasions, perform a popular programme that includes Rossini, Mozart and Tosti, followed by a recital debut by Italian baritone and 2nd prize winner of the 2013 Operalia competition, Simone Piazzola (1 November). With a burgeoning reputation built upon an affinity for the heavier Verdian roles, he makes his UK debut with a programme of predominantly Italian songs and opera.
In 2017, soprano Maria Katzarava and tenor Stefano La Colla (10 January) join together for the sole duo recital of the season with a programme of French and Italian opera classics and a second half dedicated in its entirety to Giacomo Puccini. March sees “…tremendously appealing and charismatic” (The Washington Post) mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught (6 March) take to the Wigmore Hall stage, followed by a special one-off performance at Cadogan Hall by internationally celebrated soprano Sondra Radvanovsky (16 March), the first singer in Metropolitan Opera history to perform all ‘three queens’ in Donizetti’s Tudor dramas. In April, Ivan Magrì (3 April) makes his London recital debut, followed by what will undoubtedly be a spectacular performance by Lise Davidsen (9 May), a young singer who’s 2016/17 season includes anticipated debuts at Glyndebourne and Opernhaus Zürich, all in the wake of a string of prestigious award wins, including the Audience Prize at Operalia 2015. To conclude the 2016/17 season, Rosenblatt Recitals welcomes Argentine operatic bass Nahuel Di Pierro (5 June), former member of the Paris Opera Studio and the Salzburg Festival Young Singer Project, to the Wigmore Hall stage.
Ian Rosenblatt, founder of the recitals says: "Wigmore Hall is a world-renowned singers’ venue and therefore the ideal setting for the Rosenblatt Recitals, which showcases individual opera voices in all their nuanced glory. There’s nothing quite like experiencing world-class opera singers performing their favourite repertoire in an intimate environment with just a pianist for accompaniment, and I look forward to welcoming our audiences to the new season as we welcome a fantastic line-up of some of the most sought-after singers from the international opera scene to the Hall’s stage.
The idea for the Rosenblatt Recitals first took shape in 1999, when my law firm sponsored a concert by José Cura and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. It seemed to me that British audiences deserved more frequent opportunities to experience truly great voices, generally only heard at the Royal Opera House or the occasional one-off concert.
My plan was to present recitals by singers of international stature at regular intervals throughout the year. The programmes, each performer's own selection, would showcase vocal talent to the full. The idea took off and over the past seasons, Helga Schmidt, former Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, has brought dozens of exceptional artists to the Rosenblatt Recitals, some already world-renowned, others in the early days of a major career.
Over the years we have also expanded our reach beyond the concert hall through a partnership with the Royal Opera House’s recording label Opus Arte to record a series of Rosenblatt Recitals comprising live and studio recordings, and also a partnership with Sky Arts that saw several recitals broadcast on Sky Arts HD. We have also established the Branscombe Festival. Set in the beautiful and picturesque village of Branscombe, Devon, the Festival presents the world’s leading stars from opera, classical music and jazz. The ethos of the Festival mirrors that of the recital series – giving audiences the opportunity to experience the very best undiscovered and established talent up close in an intimate setting – from the local church and village hall to a free concert on Branscombe beach.
People often say that the golden age of singing is dead. The Rosenblatt Recitals are devoted to proving that bel canto – literally ‘beautiful singing’ in its broadest sense - is very much alive!"
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