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Rosenblatt Recitals announces 2016/17 season

26 September 2016 – 5 June 2017


Rosenblatt Recitals announces a packed season, with leading artists and rising stars, each making their series debut:


  • World-renowned singers Sondra Radvanovsky and Tara Erraught


  • UK debuts by Ivan Magrì and Simone Piazzola


  • Rising stars Eleonora Buratto, Lise Davidsen, Maria Katzarava & Stefano La Colla, Nahuel di Pierro, and Alek Shrader


  • With pianists James Baillieu, Iain Burnside, Nazzareno Carusi, Alphonse Cemin, Simon Lepper, Anthony Manoli, Giuseppe Vaccaro, and Roger Vignoles


Rosenblatt Recitals — London’s only international opera recital series — announces its 2016/17 season, demonstrating the breadth and wealth of talent the series is renowned for. As in previous seasons, recitalists include both up-and-coming talent and star artists. Now in its 17th season, Rosenblatt Recitals welcomes ten singers who will make their series debuts, exemplifying the series’ commitment to bringing the best of international opera to London audiences, in an intimate recital setting.


Ian Rosenblatt, founder of Rosenblatt Recitals says: “I am thrilled to announce Rosenblatt Recitals’ 2016/17 season, our 17th to date, with a fantastic roster of artists, all joining us for the first time. Rosenblatt Recitals is a matter of great personal pride, and I’m delighted with the reputation we’ve been building for over 17 years. Launching this season, I look forward to new and returning audiences joining us to experience these truly tremendous voices up-close, and enjoy another wonderful year of music.”


Rosenblatt Recitals 2016/17 season:


The 16/17 Rosenblatt Recitals series opens with young Lyric tenor Alek Shrader, who takes the Wigmore Hall stage following recent high-profile performances at the Metropolitan Opera and Salzburg Festival. His repertoire covers both sides of the Atlantic, including the Iain Bell song cycle ‘The Undying Splendour,’ a setting of John William Streets’ World War One poetry which Shrader premiered in 2013, alongside songs by American greats, Barber, Thomson, and Foster, and arias by Mozart, Handel, and Rossini (26 September).


A student of Luciano Pavarotti, Italian soprano Eleonora Buratto has won international acclaim for her “full high tones, outstanding dynamics and lovely pianissimi” (Bachtrack). She joins Rosenblatt Recitals with an Italian programme of arias by Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, and songs by Tosti and Alfano (10 October).


The final performance of 2016 comes from Italian baritone, Simone Piazzola, known for his Verdi roles, who presents an evening of Tosti, Donizetti, Gounod, and Verdi, with solo pieces by pianist Giuseppe Vaccaro – Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 and Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto (1 November).


Opening 2017, Mexican soprano Maria Katzarava and Italian tenor Stefano La Colla join forces for a programme of French and Italian opera classics with a second half dedicated to Puccini arias. The only duo recital of the season, this concert showcases the “young, fresh voice and tessitura” (ABC) of Katzarava and the “bright voice and ringing high notes” (New York Times) of La Colla (10 January).


Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, who has rapidly risen to fame and has garnered international acclaim, returns to Wigmore Hall, this time for her first Rosenblatt Recital with lieder by Spohr, Lachner and Schubert, followed by arias by Mozart and Rossini (6 March). Also in March, leading American soprano and Metropolitan Opera favourite Sondra Radvanovsky takes the Cadogan Hall stage for an evening of arias by Vivaldi, Dvořák, Giordano, and songs by Bellini, Liszt, and Barber (16 March).


Italian tenor Ivan Magrì, who has made a name for himself performing in opera houses and festivals in Italy, France, and Japan gives a recital of familiar arias from Verdi and Donizetti operas and songs by Bellini, Tosti, De Curtis, and Gastaldon (3 April).


Winner of both the Operalia and the Queen Sonja competitions in 2015, Lyric dramatic soprano Lise Davidsen performs songs by Sibelius, Strauss, Grieg, and arias by Cherubini, Verdi, Giordano, Mascagni, Weber, and Wagner. This recital offers a chance to see Davidsen in the intimate setting of Wigmore Hall, ahead of her anticipated debuts at Glyndebourne (9 May).


To conclude the 2016/17 season, Rosenblatt Recitals welcomes Argentine bass, Nahuel di Pierro, who performs arias from popular operas by Mozart and Rossini in a programme that also celebrates the music of Monteverdi, Handel and Rameau with ‘Puisque Pluton est inflexible’ from Hippolyte et Aricie and two piano solos played by Alphonse Cemin – Rameau’s Les Cyclopes and Debussy’s Hommage à Rameau. Di Pierro made his Royal Opera House debut in 2012 and performs regularly with the Paris Opéra (5 June).


Tickets for the first four Wigmore Hall and the Cadogan Hall Rosenblatt Recitals go on sale today.

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