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‘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 enormous success of her solo releases such as The Vivaldi Album, Italian Ariasby Gluck, The Salieri Album, Opera proibita, Maria, Sacrificium and Mission is reflected both in extraordinary sales which have firmly established her as today's best-selling classical artist –  more than 10 million copies of audio and video releases occupying the international pop charts for well over 100 weeks and garnering numerous "gold" and "platinum" certifications – and in major awards: five Grammys® (USA), ten Echos and a Bambi (Germany), two Classical Brit Awards (UK), the Victoire de la Musique (France) as well as many other prestigious prizes.

The mezzo sat down with theguardian to shares her musical passions and discuss everything from Barenboim, Bellini and Bernstein to flamenco dancing and yodelling.  READ THE Q&A