Thanks to Mighty Jessica Duchen for alerting us of the cute level of pure bizarro just reached by the Ronsenblatt-Schrott fiasco. As reported earlier on your favorite blog, Netrebko bebbe dadde Erwin "El Ervino" Schrott canceled a recital he had planned in london making Mr. Rosenblatt mad. A settlement hasn't been reached and the big mess will go to trial:
Barring a last-minute settlement, opera star Erwin Schrott's next big performance may not be at his favourite Covent Garden, but in court. The Uruguayan-born baritone, whose fiancee, soprano Anna Netrebko, is expecting their first child, is being sued for breach of contract by music promoter Ian Rosenblatt. It follows Schrott pulling out of a performance in Chelsea's Cadogan Hall after some 800 tickets had been sold and the Philharmonic Orchestra was booked to accompany him. Despite an offer to forget the matter if Schrott made a donation to charity, Rosenblatt, who was forced to refund 300 tickets, heard nothing. Now he has issued High Court proceedings. "He's a fool. He refused to explain why he was cancelling. Now he's hiding from me, but I'm going to hunt him down," storms Rosenblatt, who spends £500,000 a year on the recitals featuring the likes of tenors Jose Cura and Juan Diego Florez.