The new season of the Rosenblatt Recital Series has just been announced for 2008-09. Mostly taking place at St John's Smith Square, the concerts bring together a range of operatic talent, from young singers at the start of their careers to established names.
Tenor Gregory Kunde, seen last year in the London Symphony Orchestra's concert performances of Benvenuto Cellini, opens the season on 18 September 2008 with a concert of songs and arias. Simon Lepper is the accompanist. October's recital comes from young Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya and pianist Richard Hetherington. A former Young Artist of the Royal Opera, Poplavskaya was most recently seen in London as Elisabetta in Don Carlo and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. (Read our interview with her here.)
Mezzo Julia Gertseva takes to the stage in November, accompanied by Vincenzo Scalera. Then on 3 December, baritone Markus Werba follows up his recent appearance in Ariadne auf Naxos at Covent Garden with a recital accompanied by Gary Matthewman.
Tenor Joel Prieto is January's soloist, with Rosenblatt regular Iain Burnside to accompany. Burnside is also on hand for Ekaterina Siurina's recital on 20 February 2009, which is followed a couple of weeks later by a return from Francesco Meli; again, Burnside will accompany.
Elena Maximova, a young mezzo-soprano, will be April's artist, while the exciting young tenor Peter Auty will sing arias and songs on 12 May alongside Phillip Moore.
Perhaps the highlight of the season is Carlos Alvarez's recital on 11 June, which takes place at Cadogan Hall and is accompanied by one of the BBC's orchestras. The series ends on 1 July 2009 with a concert from tenor Thiago Arancam, who will be accompanied by Roger Vignoles.
Ian Rosenblatt's law firm's sponsorship of the recital series offers the opportunity to hear many exciting singers who are not regular visitors to these shores, especially in the song repertoire. If last year's recital with Anthony Michaels-Moore is anything to go by, the 2008-09 season does not deserve to be overlooked.