Rosenblatt Recitals — London’s only international opera recital series — announces ten recitals for its 2013-14 season, demonstrating the breadth and wealth of talent with which it is synonymous.
The current 2012/13 season, the first at London’s Wigmore Hall, has seen a 20% rise in the total audience since its move from St John’s, Smith Square, and a 28% increase in average attendance per recital, with the final recital of the season — acclaimed South African soprano Pretty Yende on 6 June — expected to sell out.
Renowned for presenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow in an intimate environment, Rosenblatt Recitals’ fourteenth season is no exception. Highlights include: rare appearances from legends of the opera stage, baritone Leo Nucci (in a one-off concert with chamber ensemble at Cadogan Hall) and beloved home-grown tenor Dennis O’Neill, both leading exponents of Verdi; London recital debuts from international rising stars including Angel Blue, fresh from her acclaimed ENO “knockout debut” (Metro), and 2010 Operalia Competition winner Rosa Feola; plus a further host of outstanding opera singers appearing at the series’ new home, London’s Wigmore Hall.
The move to the Wigmore Hall was not the only exciting development for Rosenblatt Recitals this season. It also saw the launch of a new series of Rosenblatt Recital recordings on Opus Arte and an important partnership with Sky Arts which will broadcast four of this season’s recitals in July 2013.
Ian Rosenblatt says: “I am thrilled that the Rosenblatt Recital series is going from strength to strength and that our first season at the Wigmore Hall has been such a success. We’re delighted to present a sterling array of the world’s finest singers next season in this wonderful venue, beloved by performers and audiences alike!”
Beginning the season with a distinctly Hispanic flavour is the tenor from Tenerife Celso Albelo (16 September) who presents songs and arias from great composers of the Iberian Peninsula and South America. An established and admired figure on the international scene, Albelo recently won ‘Best Tenor’ in the International Opera Awards, Oscar della Lirica 2012. His pianist is Juan Francisco Parra.
October sees the London recital debut of one of opera’s most exciting new talents Angel Blue (21 October). The young Californian soprano earned rave reviews for her “killer high notes and killer theatrical instincts” (Los Angeles Times) after her performance as Clara in San Francisco Opera’s Porgy and Bess, followed by a “knockout debut” (Metro) as Musetta in English National Opera’s La bohème earlier this year. Accompanying her is pianist Catherine Miller.
Italian tenor Giorgio Berrugi (7 November) makes his London recital debut in November. Formerly an award-winning clarinettist, Berrugi made the switch to opera singer in 2008 to equal acclaim, with upcoming plans including appearances at La Scala and Deutsche Oper. His recital programme showcases the refined interpretations of Italian repertoire for which he has since gained renown. Eytan Pessen will accompany.
In December Rosenblatt Recitals presents esteemed Italian baritone Leo Nucci (12 December) and the Italian Opera Chamber Quintet in a special one-off recital at Cadogan Hall. In a career spanning five decades, Nucci has performed countless times across the world’s major opera houses and is admired as a leading exponent of Giuseppe Verdi. Nucci brings an entire programme of the great Italian composer to Cadogan Hall, revisiting some of the wonderful Verdian roles with which he has built a towering reputation and forged a highly-successful career.
2014 begins with the much-anticipated visit of Italian soprano Rosa Feola (9 January) for her London recital debut. Feola came to international attention when she won Second Prize, the Audience Prize and the Zarzuela Prize at the 2010 Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition. Since making her debut with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in 2009 she has recorded alongside Jonas Kaufmann for his album ‘Verismo Arias’ and appeared at leading opera and concert venues; The Guardian described her performance in Mozart’s La clemenza di tito at the Barbican as “exquisite”. Her pianist is Rosenblatt Recital regular Iain Burnside.
Later in the season, Rosenblatt Recitals welcomes Georgian mezzo-soprano (and award-winning film actress) Nino Surguladze (10 February); pre-eminent lyric tenor Giuseppe Filianoti (11 March); legendary tenor and favourite of the Royal Opera House Dennis O’Neill (2 April); tenor Antonio Poli (5 May) fresh from his appearance in Glyndebourne’s Falstaff; and Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias (16 June), who made his Covent Garden debut in Rigoletto in 2012.