News: The Rosenblatt Recitals announce 2009-10 season

An excellent season at St. John's Smith Square feat. Matthew Rose, Lawrence Brownlee and others

29 August 2009


Shining as ever, the 2009-10 season of the Rosenblatt Recitals opens on 23 September at St. John's Smith Square. Many are the reasons that make of this venue an superb place for music, and the main one is certainly the excellency of the artists involved in the recital series.

First artist to perform will be Slovakian tenor Miroslav Dvorsky, who has already successfully debuted in Vienna, La Scala, Berlin and Covent Garden. The programme he will propose ranges from Dvorák to Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, from Donizetti to Verdi, from Leoncavallo to Cilea.

15 October is the day of American soprano Ailyn Pérez. She has already appeared in the Rosenblatt series in 2008 with a duet programme with Stephen Costello. This time she will sing arias from La traviata, Turandot, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Louise, Amadeo Vives' zarzuelas El niño judio and Doña Francisquita, together with a selection of Spanish songs.

Tenor Bryan Hymel, who was highly praised for his performance in Rusalka at the 2007 Wexford Festival, will offer a diverse programme including music by Handel, Gluck, Meyebeer, Bizet and Puccini, songs by Beethoven and Schubert, and numbers from Carousel and Les Misérables.

Hymel's concert is the last of 2009. The 2010 Recitals open with a performance featuring young German contralto Maria Radner. Despite her young age, she has already performed with conductors such as Rattle and Maazel. At St. John's Smith Square she will present a repertoire featuring arias by Handel, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Wagner, Strauss and Bizet.

Bass Matthew Rose is another important protagonist of the Rosenblatt's exciting season. His Rosenblatt concert will take place on 10 February.

Two tenors are the highlight of the spring season. On 17 March Spanish-born Puerto Rican Joel Prieto will debut at St. John's Smith Square, after having won the 2008 edition of Operalia Competition, funded by Placido Domingo. He is widely acclaimed, especially after his memorable performance at the Scottish Opera (Così fan tutte) in 2009. His future engagements include, among others, the role of Fenton in Covent Garden's Falstaff.

Lawrence Brownlee is another star of the season. His bel canto style is second to none, and his performances in Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola at the Met have amazed both critics and audience. His recital will feature arias by Donizetti and Rossini, and also pieces by Liszt and spirituals arranged by composer John Carter.

The two resident pianists for the season are Iain Burnside and Simon Lepper. A further recital taking place on 3 June 2010 will be announced.

This will be the 10th year of the Rosenblatt Recitals. Tenor Giuseppe Sabbatini launched the series in 2000, and since then these concerts have featured opera stars of present and future. The intimate location is another characteristics that makes this venue unique.

In the past, Rosenblatt performers have appeared in the major opera houses in the world. For instance, we can find an infinity of former recitalists that have taken up major roles at Covent Garden; among them there are tenors Juan Diego Flórez who first gave a Rosenblatt recital as a rising star in 2001, Joseph Calleja (2005), Saimir Pirgu (2004), Stephen Costello (2006), James Valenti (2006), baritones Gabriele Viviani (2007) and Jacques Imbrailo (2008), and mezzo soprano Sonia Ganassi (2004).

In the most recent years, talents such as Nicole Cabell, Elizabeth Watts, Maxim Mironov and Francesco Meli have had the chance to share their artistic qualities with the audience of the Rosenblatt recitals. This is certainly a season not to miss out.

By Marina Romani

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Photo: Lawrence Brownlee. Credits: Dario Acosta.


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