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For his recital Costello is joined by pianist Danielle Orlandi for a programme which arias from Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and La fille du Regiment and Massenet's Werther with songs by Bellini, Beethoven, Tosti, and Youmans.
Interestingly Costello will also be performing songs by the contemporary American composer Jake Heggie, as well as an aria from Heggie's recent opera Moby Dick (Costello sang the role of Ishmael (Greenhorn) in the work's premiere in 2010). We don't hear a lot of Heggie's work in the UK so it will make interesting listening.
Looking further ahead the season also includes recitals from the Italian soprano Carmen Gianattasio (who was Elizabeth I in the recent Maria Stuarda at Covent Garden) on 6 October. This is followed by a duo recital from mezzo-soprano Belen Elvira (from Lanzarote) and tenor Jorge de Leon (from Tenerife) who will be including Argentinian, Cuban and Canarian songs (6 November). The final recital of 2014 is the young lyric soprano Aida Garifullina who won the Operalia competition in 2013 (3 December).
In 2015 we have a return From Saimir Pirgu (10/2/2015) the Albanian tenor who appeared first at a Rosenblatt Recital in 2004. And recitals from Italian baritone Simone Piazzola, who won second prize in the 2013 Operalia competition (4/3), English tenor Ben Johnson, who was winner of the Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 2013 (8/4), soprano Jessica Pratt who has been making quite a name for herself in the lyric coloratura repertoire (19/5) and a rare London appearance from the Italian tenor Marcello Giordano (8/6).
You can now, also take Rosenblatt home with you and their CD selection increases this November with recordings from Angel Blue, Leo Nucci and Roger Padulles released with Opus Arte. There is also a nice selection of videos on the Rosenblatt Recitals channel on YouTube, and I below is Guildhall-trained Portuguese tenor Luis Gomes (currently a Jette Parker Young Artist at Covent Garden) from earlier this year.
Elsewhere on this blog:
- Exciting music theatre: Walton and Maxwell Davies at Grimeborn - opera review
- Musically engaging: Cosi fan tutte from Opera Lyrica - opera review
- Co-Opera: Cunning Little Vixen - opera review
- What exactly am I listening to: Vexed question of cuts in live performance - feature article
- Essential listening: Sacred music by Arvo Part - CD review
- Prom 59: Radiant Elektra with Christine Goerke - opera review
- Prom 58: Magical Salome with Nina Stemme - opera review