Leading operatic baritone Erwin Schrott, fiancé of star soprano Anna Netrebko, is to be sued by the Rosenblatt Recitals Series for breach of contract. Ian Rosenblatt, founder of the series, has taken this action as Schrott has made it clear that he has no intention of honouring his contract to appear in the Rosenblatt Recital Series on June 11th 2008 at Cadogan Hall, London, with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

This is the second time that Schrott has failed to honour his contract with the series.

Ian Rosenblatt commented:

“I have been forced to take this step as I have a responsibility to our audience who’ve loyally supported our series for the last seven years. For our audience to be treated with such gross unprofessionalism and disrespect by Mr Schrott, on two occasions, is something that shouldn’t be tolerated.

“This is a regrettable situation, but for the reputation of my Series I cannot allow artists, with no lawful excuse, to renege on their contractual commitments.

“In the seven years I’ve been running our recital series I have been impressed time and again by the dedication of singers to their art and their public. Singers such as Mr Schrott give opera a bad name and a reputation for not caring for the people that pay to hear them sing.

“I am disgusted by Mr Schrott’s callous disregard to his contractual obligations. His behaviour is cowardly and I can only wonder if he has the guts to appear on a London concert platform as this is the second time he’s backed out of appearing here.”

Erwin Schrott sings at all the major opera houses around the world and, with Netrebko, is expecting a child later this year.

The Rosenblatt Recitals series has developed an enviable reputation over the past seven years as London’s only operatic recital series that has given singers such as Juan Diego Florez their UK recital debut.


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