Cecilia Bartoli on a Mission

 

Music is a way to dream together and go to another dimension. Cecilia Bartoli

Actually, I feel music becoming more and more important. It’s a big source of inspiration. With what’s going on in the world, we feel almost desperate. Music also brings you peace.Cecilia Bartoli

Cecilia Bartoli, (born 4 June 1966 in Rome) is an Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano opera singer and recitalist. She is best known for her interpretations of the music of Mozart and Rossini, as well as for her performances of lesser-known Baroque and classical music. She is known for having the versatility to sing soprano and mezzo roles.

She is one of the most popular (and one of the top-selling) opera singers of recent years.

Bartoli’s parents, Silvana Bazzoni and Pietro Angelo Bartoli, were both professional singers and gave her her first music lessons. Her first public performance was at age eight as the shepherd boy in Tosca. Bartoli later studied at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

We consider Monteverdi the first composer of opera. There was someone before, but everything started with Monteverdi. Cecilia Bartoli

“Maria Callas remains an icon with an instantly recognizable voice. But she was also the first opera singer to be equipped with the ingredients of international celebrity: charisma, glamour, wealth, she had it all, together with the touches of scandal and tragedy that made her story so compelling. Since her time, every female opera singer has been measured against this powerful role model. … Callas modernized our metier.

Her life was a tireless creative search. She was one of the first to recognize the importance of being an actress as well as a singer, and was uncompromising in her belief that, in order to achieve a complete dramatic performance, all aspects of the operatic genre require equal attention. She was a pioneer in restoring forgotten repertoire and in exploring new ways of musical interpretation. To this day, I find that many of her exemplary recordings are astounding.” – Cecilia Bartoli as quoted in “Maria Callas” in TIME magazine (2 November 2006

It’s such a joy to work with different ensembles and create a collaboration. Rehearsing and building a performance is very interesting for me. Cecilia Bartoli

Cecilia Bartoli mez Vienna Concertus Musicus/Nikolaus Harnoncourt– Video Director Brian Lange:

No doubt this concert, recorded at Graz’s elegant Stefaniensaal, is aimed primarily at Bartoliphiles, who will not be dissapointed; it is predictibly impressive, if a shade short. Mozart’s so-called concert arias are formidable pieces. Bartoli copes with characteristic aplomb, tossing off bravura trills and alarming roulades just effortfully enough not to be infuriating. This is one of the best recorded concerts, not just in its excellent picture and first-rate sorround sound, but in its video direction (The Classical CD & DVD guide – 2006)

 

Mission

Autumn 2012 marks the release of Mission, a sensational release from the world s best-selling classical artist Cecilia Bartoli and a project with international politics, religious conflict, diplomatic secrecy, spying and sensational music at its heart:

Cecilia Bartoli (Artist), Agostino Steffani (Composer), Diego Fasolis (Conductor), I Barocchisti (Orchestra), Philippe Jaroussky (Performer)

Following the exceptional artistic and commercial success of 2009 s Sacrificium (which earned Cecilia her fifth Grammy award), Cecilia Bartoli now turns to the early baroque period for the first time in her recording career and uncovers a treasure of beautiful music in an album almost entirely composed of world premiere recordings.

Steffani s story is mysterious at the very least; his name is largely absent from studies of Italian music despite holding senior court positions during his lifetime and contemporary accounts acknowledging him as one of the greatest opera composers of the period and the acknowledged master of the vocal duet (Colin Timms, author of the booklet note).

“This is a terrific disc of arias by Steffani, a little-known baroque composer whom Cecilia Bartoli wants to bring to public attention. In my experience, little-known composers are often little-known for a very good reason, but not Steffani. Bartoli is right – his music is excellent and well worth bringing to light as she does here with a disc made up very largely of first recordings”.

“And what recordings they are! Bartoli is, as always, excellent. She has a stunning technical mastery and a deep understanding of the music and text she is singing, with the control to avoid spilling into over-emotional self indulgence. Her voice is beautiful, rich and sensuous and she uses it here to create something very special from Steffani’s music. The orchestra are also excellent, giving the pieces real drama, passion or a joyous zing as appropriate, and to cap it all Bartioli is joined by the great countertenor Philippe Jaroussky in four duets. It is a pleasure from start to finish”.

“I am sorry to sound gushing – this disc has a provocative cover and has been very heavily marketed and promoted, which to me often means a rather ordinary product. Not here – this is a terrific CD of fine music, beauty” (Sid Nuncius)

The voice is an instrument that you really must take time to develop. It’s like a good red wine Give it time. Cecilia Bartoli

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