Discerning opera lovers having seen the ROH’s Barber of Seville revival need not wait until March to get another fix when Fidelio returns there to kick off their Spring season. And since January only reminds us that Glynbourne and Opera Holland Park are still months away, there are other opportunities to see the best of what top singers have to offer during the long, dismal Winter months.
A positively mellifluous introduction to the New Year comes in the form of the continuing 10th Anniversary season of the Rosenblatt Recitals at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
If you’re unaware of this series of concerts, in short, Ian Rosenblatt, senior partner at the eponymous City law firm, keen to indulge a passion for classical song but unable to find singers in concert scenarios, decided to host a concert himself. What began as a gesture to mark his firm’s 10th anniversary soon ballooned into what now essentially represents London’s only world-class concert season of opera and song and were once described by The Independent as “the place to go to hear new talent”.
This year kicks off on the 20th January with the bel canto tenor of choice for the world’s leading opera houses, Juan Diego Florez, as he returns to mark his 10th anniversary – evidently there are a lot of tens in 2011 – appearing for Rosenblatt once again at the Festival Hall. The Peruvian tenor noted for his Rossini repertoire has a sublime line-up including Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno, a smattering of zarzuela numbers and, of course, a selection of Rossini highlights.
The season continues with the Lucca-born baritone, Massimo Cavalletti, a graduate of La Scala, on 10th February and runs until May with the ninth and final recital of this season with South African bass baritone and coveted Clonter Prize-winner, Vuyani Mlinde.
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