Rosenblatt Recitals at Home is a series of eight themed programmes of opera standards that are available digitally in both video and audio formats. All proceeds from the season will go to Target Ovarian Cancer.
Twenty years after the launch of Rosenblatt Recitals and three years after the final concert, this new series has brought together 30 of the greatest voices in opera to perform arias and duets from some of the world’s best-known operas.
Recording took place under strict social-distancing regulations. The singers, all former Rosenblatt Recitalists, perform from their own homes, many during the harshest of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The performers hailed from a variety of countries from Bulgaria to the United States.
Rosenblatt Recitals at Home is presented by Suzy Klein and Petroc Trelawny. The concept is simple: a series of eight themed programmes, each around 30 to 45 minutes long. The concerts are available as video and audio streaming for £30 for the full season or £5 per programme and in audio only for £24.99 for the series or £ 3.99 each.
The eight programmes are: Verdi, Belcanto, From Purcell to Lerner and Loewe – Singing in English, Salon Music, Verismo, From Handel to Wagner – A Journey Through the Ages of Opera, The World in Music, and Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know – The Men of Opera.
The concerts include arias and duets from such opera standards as Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball, Verdi, 1859), La Cenerentola (Cinderella, Rossini, 1817), L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love, Donizetti, 1832), Dido and Aeneas (Purcell, 1689) Pagliacci (Clowns, Leoncavallo, 1892) and Turandot (Puccini, 1926).
Ian Rosenblatt OBE, founder of Rosenblatt Recitals, commented: “Rosenblatt Recitals at Home aims to bring some much-needed sunshine from artists’ homes to those of music lovers around the world. The majority of singers had to film and record themselves and all were socially distanced; at the outset, we didn’t really know what to expect.
“The result is beyond anything I could have wished for and a wonderful celebration of the voice on the 20th anniversary of Rosenblatt Recitals. I do hope that the eight programmes will raise everyone’s spirits as well as provide much-needed funds for this amazing charity, Target Ovarian Cancer.”
All artists were paid for their performances and these costs are not being deducted from the proceeds which will be donated to Target Ovarian Cancer, the leading charity fighting ovarian cancer.
Annwen Jones OBE, chief executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, said: “Singers shouldn’t be silent and nor must we about this devastating disease. This special edition of Rosenblatt Recitals is a world-class initiative, and we are thrilled that the proceeds will benefit women with ovarian cancer, now and in the future.
“One in 50 women will receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis – we desperately need funds to ensure that everyone knows the symptoms, receives an early diagnosis and the very best support and treatment, and that we fund research to help save lives. The pandemic has hit hard, and the work of Target Ovarian Cancer has never been more needed.”
Polish baritone Artur Ruciński and pianist Anna Marchwinska perform arias from Luisa Miller, Don Pasquale and Il trovatore as part of Rosenblatt Recitals at Home.