Ian RosenblattPresenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London's only world-class concert season of opera and song.
Launching our 2011–12 season in fine style is Romanian tenor Marius Brenciu, winner of the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Back by popular demand, the charismatic Lucio Gallo makes his second Rosenblatt Recitals appearance in October, with a programme that celebrates the music of Tosti.
In November, we welcome Genoan-born tenor Fabio Armiliato, a regular presence at the world’s leading opera houses, and 2011 ends with a name to watch, the superb Sabina Cvilak, who is fast establishing herself as one of the world’s leading lyric sopranos.
In January 2012, the young Polish Baritone Artur Rucinski makes his Rosenblatt Recitals debut, following a year that saw him appear as Eugene Onegin at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.
Further recitals will feature rising young Russian tenor Alexey Kudrya, acclaimed lyric tenor Giuseppe Filianoti and the awardwinning Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka.
In May 2012, following his sell-out Rosenblatt Recital at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall earlier this year, the spectacular Juan Diego Flórez will make his fifth appearance for the Series at London’s most iconic venue, the Royal Albert Hall.
Bringing the curtain down on the season will be the exciting lyric soprano Sylvia Schwartz, principal soprano for the Vienna State Opera and a regular choice with the world’s leading conductors.
Over the years the Rosenblatt Recital Season has brought a wealth of major artists to the attention of the London public. This season, don't miss your chance of being able to say in years to come: "I was there when ..."
Ian Rosenblatt, founder of the recitals
"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 of arias and songs, would showcase vocal talent to the full. The idea took off and over the past nine seasons, Helga Schmidt, former Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, has brought dozens of exceptional artists to the Rosenblatt Recital Series, some already world-renowned, others in the early days of a major career.
People often say that the golden age of singing is dead. The Rosenblatt Recital Series is devoted to proving that bel canto - in its broadest sense - is very much alive!"
Ian I. Rosenblatt