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Cecilia Bartoli

Cecilia Bartoli

Cecilia Bartoli an Italian mezzo-soprano who is best known for her interpretation Mozart and Rossini's compositions as well as for her performances of lesser-known Baroque and classical pieces. She is also renowned for her versatility, being able to perform both soprano and mezzo roles.

Cecilia sings regularly in the most prominent concert halls in Europe, the United States and Japan, and recently gave debuts in Hong Kong and Australia. She has appeared on stage in such include prestigious opera houses and festivals such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Salzburg Festival, Theater an der Wien and the Zürich Opera House, where she presented many of her operatic roles for the first time.

Recently, her performances have focused on the Baroque period and on the early 19th century, the era of Italian Romanticism and Belcanto.

In 2008 she launched a project devoted to the legendary singer Maria Malibran. The 200th anniversary of Malibran's birth, on 24th March 2008, was marked by a day of historical celebration in Paris, Malibran's birthplace. Three concerts and related events were held during this day at Salle Pleyel. For this project, Cecilia collaborated with Lang Lang, Vadim Repin, Adam Fischer and Myung-Whun Chung.

The ‘Romantic Revolution' was carried further at the Konzerthaus Dortmund in June 2010 with a historically informed production of Norma. Cecilia Bartoli performed the title-role, joined by Thomas Hengelbrock who conducted the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble on period instruments.

Cecilia's baroque work includes the record-breaking solo album, Sacrificium which showcases previously unknown castrato repertoire. This album's success resulted in Cecilia being awarded her fifth Grammy for the ‘Best Classical Vocal Performance'.

In 2012 Cecilia took up the position of Artistic Director for the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. The first festival which she directed was dedicated to the thousand faces of Cleopatra and was met with great enthusiasm from both the audience and media. The second, to be held in 2013, will be titled ‘Sacrifice - Opfer - Victim' and will feature Cecilia's stage debut as Norma.
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