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Almost 20 years after her historic Vivaldi album, Cecilia Bartoli turns to the composer once again for her brand new solo recording, Antonio Vivaldi. The album is a glorious collection of Vivaldi arias, performed with French baroque orchestra Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi. This new release also marks 30 years since Bartoli signed to Decca Classics.
Cecilia Bartoli's 1999 recording The Vivaldi Album redefined her status as an artist: for the first time, she was widely appreciated as a rescuer of neglected or forgotten music, in her dual role as meticulous researcher and passionate interpreter.
The Vivaldi Album shone a spotlight on the Italian as a composer of vocal works, sparking a revival in the operas of Vivaldi, who had hitherto been primarily known for his concerti. The album sold 700,000 copies in five years and went Gold in six countries. It paved the way for similarly trailblazing releases, including the Italian arias of Christoph Willibald Gluck, the legendary castratos (on the album Sacrificium) and Bartoli's personal 19th-century hero, the mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran.
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Cecilia Bartoli channels castrato Farinelli / Interlochen Public Radio
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Cecilia Bartoli - Antonio Vivaldi makes 'WQXR Best Classical New Releases of January 2019'
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Cecilia Bartoli - Antonio Vivaldi is the WFMT: Featured New Release
Almost 20 years after her historic Vivaldi album, Cecilia Bartoli turns to the composer once again for a new solo recording. The album is a glorious collection of Vivaldi arias, performed with the French orchestra Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Bartoli's 1999 recording redefined her status as a rescuer of neglected and forgotten music, in her dual role as meticulous researcher and passio...
Cecilia Bartoli is back, for Dolce Duello with Cappella Gabetta / stereophile
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Bartoli, a tour de force in Salzburg's Ariodante / The Hamilton Spectator
What can pack a wallop and bowl over just about anything and anybody? If you said a 113 km/hr wind storm that ripped through the Salzburg area uprooting trees and knocking out electrical power for many, give yourself a pat on the back. If you also said Cecilia Bartoli in the Salzburg Festival's production of Handel's opera, "Ariodante," give yourself a double pat on the back. Bartoli was nothing ...
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Wherever you are in the world, opportunities to see Cecilia Bartoli perform are hard to come by. A one-off chance to see her sing Mozart in Rome was not to be missed. This was a rare homecoming for Bartoli. Born in Rome, she studied at the city's Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia where many members of the orchestra teach. A quarter-century and more ago, she made her name in Mozart: as in irrepressibly c...
Cecilia Bartoli Q&A w theguardian
‘There is no guilty pleasure in the world of music. I feel guilty when I am not making music' - Cecilia Bartoli. For more than two decades, Cecilia Bartoli has indisputably been one of the leading artists in the field of classical music. Her new opera roles, concert programmes and recording projects – exclusively on Decca – are eagerly awaited all over the world. The enorm...
Cecilia Bartoli's Norma is a furious triumph / The Telegraph review
The prospect of seeing great Italian soprano Cecilia Bartoli as Bellini's Norma was both enticing and disquieting. It's one of the towering roles in the dramatic soprano repertory, and anyone lucky enough to have seen Maria Callas or Joan Sutherland as Norma counts it as one of the great experiences of their lives. But Bartoli? She's a soprano who's made the distracted sorceress...
An 'ambition realised' says Cecilia Bartoli of her Edinburgh festival debut / The Times
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Watch Cecilia Bartoli hold an F# for 9 bars / CLASSIC fm
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'The List' profiles Cecilia Bartoli
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Cecilia Bartoli receives the Polar Music Prize / Deutsche Welle
How does a soprano screw in a light bulb? She stands on the ladder, holds up the bulb - and the world revolves around her. Along the lines of that old musicians' joke, Cecilia Bartoli is the anti-diva, the antithesis of the singer who's either overweight or anorexic, lives only in, by and for the art and - depending on the severity of her neurotic episodes - tends to cancel on short notice. Hard-...
Cecilia Bartoli wins 2016 Polar Music Prize / AP
Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli who brought back "long-lost music" to listeners has won the 2016 Polar Music Prize along with Swedish hit songwriter Max Martin. They will be invited to accept the award, which includes 1 million kronor ($120,000) each in prize money, at a ceremony in Stockholm in June. Bartoli, a mezzo-soprano from Rome with a vocal range of three octaves who has sung in the world...
Cecilia Bartoli interview featured in Gramophone Magazine
The best-selling mezzo Cecilia Bartoli graces the cover of Gramophone's special November issue. In her new album, St. Petersburg, Bartoli opens a window on a hidden period of musical life in the Russian city, during which three visionary tsaritsas allowed music to thrive. Gramophone's Editor-in-Chief James Jolly went to meet the opera star to discover how she managed to gain access to the Mariins...
Cecilia Bartoli - St Petersburg / WFMT New Release Of the Week
Cecilia Bartoli returns with a new album of world premiere recordings, exploring the Baroque musical treasures of Tsarist Russia. Featuring music written by Italian and German composers working for the Russian court, this album sheds new light on an incredible and momentous time for Russia, shaping its politics and culture towards the West. Mostly sung in Italian, the album also offers the first opportun...
Cecilia Bartoli - St. Petersburg / New York Times review
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Cecilia Bartoli Soars at Salzburg / New York Times interview
When Cecilia Bartoli became artistic director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012, she celebrated by organizing the first festival under her leadership around Cleopatra. "Since a woman was in charge for the first time, I chose to focus on this fascinating woman," she said in an interview here. The choice of program was typical of the opera superstar's hands-on approach to her new assignment. The...