|Ivan Magri and Ian Rosenblatt after Ivan Magri's Rosenblatt Recital at the Wigmore Hall (Photo Jonathan Rose)|
|Sondra Radvanovsky and Ian Rosenblatt |
after Sondra Radvanovsky's Rosenblatt Recital
at Cadogan Hall (Photo Jonathan Rose)
He thought - this amazing and wanted to do more.
Rosenblatt Recitals started in 1999 when Ian's firm sponsored a single concert. Jose Cura, at the height of his powers, had just done a Puccini album with Placido Domingo conducting and Cura was due to give a Puccini concert at the Southbank Centre, again with Domingo conducting. It was the first time that Ian had sponsored a concert and he used all sorts of excuses to justify it (his firm was 10 years old, he was 40), but essentially he did it because he wanted to. In the end, Domingo dropped out and Cura both sang and conducted, Ian comments that if you closed your eyes it sounded fabulous. He thought - this amazing and wanted to do more.
Though he went along to concerts and opera performances, he had no idea how you made such things happen, how the singers got there, how they were paid. Luckily he met a woman called Helga Schmidt who had a little black book of contacts in the musical world. She proved unbelievably helpful, she asked Ian 'who do you want to sing?'. He was a huge fan of Giuseppe Sabbatini, and so the first recital series which opened in December 2000 started with a recital from Sabbatini, with Juan Diego Florez giving his UK debut recital in January 2001. From there the recital series grew; they created an infrastructure and a team and now Rosenblatt Recitals is 17 years old and there have been over 200 recitals.
Of Rosenblatt Recitals he says 'it is what it is'.
Ian loves all types of music, especially opera and the voice, and he comments that in the early days it was only possible to hear some new singers if you got hold of a pirate tape. Even nowadays, it can be difficult to hear singers, a UK based audience does not have much exposure to the younger singers coming up in Italy except for the few which Ian feels 'we are force fed'.