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Cecilia Bartoli


Cecilia Bartoli

Born in Rome, Cecilia Bartoli received her voice training at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in the Italian capital, while at the same time being taught and coached by her parents, Silvana Bazzoni and Angelo Bartoli, both professional singers.

Bartoli’s early career included collaborations with Herbert von Karajan, Daniel Barenboim and Nikolaus Harnoncourt: she studied Bach’s Mass in B minor with Karajan, Mozart’s da Ponte cycle with Barenboim and appeared on stage for the first time in a Mozart role as Cherubino under Harnoncourt in Zurich in 1988.

Bartoli has since worked with a host of other acclaimed conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, William Christie, Myung-Whun Chung, Charles Dutoit, Christopher Hogwood, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Giuseppe Sinopol, Sir Georg Solti and Franz Welser-Möst amongst others.

The highlights of Bartoli’s opera-singing career to date have been her performances as Cherubino (Zurich

Opera House/Ponnelle/Harnoncourt), Zerlina (Scala di Milano/Strehler/Muti and the Salzburg Festival/Chéreau/Barenboim), Dorabella (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Miller/Mehta), Susanna, Donna Elvira and Fiordiligi (Zurich Opera House/Flimm/Harnoncourt), Cenerentola (Metropolitan Opera/Lievi/Levine, Bavarian State Opera/Ponnelle/Fischer and Teatro Comunale di Bologna/de Simone/Chailly), Susanna (Metropolitan Opera/Miller/Levine), Despina (Metropolitan Opera/Curning/Levine and Vienna’s Theater an der Wien/de Simone/Muti), Euridice in Haydn’s L’Anima del Filosofo (Theater an der Wien/Flimm/Harnoncourt), Nina in the opera of the same name by Paisiello (Zurich Opera House/Lievi/Fischer), opera “L’Anima del Filosofo” at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, and Turco in Italia by Rossini (Zurich Opera House/Lievi­/Harnoncourt.

Cecilia Bartoli’s performances in concert and in recital have been no less significant than her career on the operatic stage. In her recital appearances she has been accompanied by leading pianists such as Daniel Barenboim, Myung-Whun Chung, James Levine, Andr·s Schiff and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Her growing interest in Baroque music has led to her collaboration with outstanding ensembles from the ancient music scene, including Concentus Musicus Wien, Il Giardino Armonico, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, The Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Le Musiche Nove.

Cecilia Bartoli’s discography comprises more than 10 complete opera recordings (her most recent releases include “Armida” by Haydn and “Rinaldo” by Handel), and numerous solo CDs. With her “Vivaldi Album”, which was released in the autumn of 1999, the artist has enjoyed an astounding success and succeeded in awakening a new interest on an international level in the hitherto completely unknown operas of Antonio Vivaldi. The “Vivaldi Album” gained an enormous number of awards, all around the world.

Currently available on DVD are Cecilia Bartoli’s concert with Bryn Terfel at the Glyndebourne Opera House in the spring of 1999, the “Cosi fan tutte” production of Jürgen Flimm and Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Zürich Opera House in February 2000, a Vivaldi concert recorded in public with Giardino Armonico, “La Cenerentola” from the Houston Opera and “Live in Italy” with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca and the Zürich “Don Giovanni” production by Jürgen Flimm and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. "Nina" and "Turco in Italia" are currently in preparation.

Cecilia Bartoli’s album featuring arias from Italian operas by Christoph Willibald Gluck was released in October 2001. In February 2002 this recording won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance. “Gluck Italian Arias” is the result of Bartoli’s ongoing quest to uncover rare jewels from the Baroque repertoire. The critically acclaimed CD topped numerous Best-of-the-Year lists.

In November 2001 she sang concerts in London, Brussels and Frankfurt under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt with whom she worked again in concert performances of Haydn’s “Orlando Paladino”.

Highlights of 2002 /03 season include many successful concerts of works of baroque and classical composers’s all around Europe, in March 2002 she returned to the Zurich Opera House for the revival of Paisiello’s opera “Nina” and a new production of Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia”, in September 2002 she had her debut at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and crossing the Atlantic she just finished a North American tour : New York (Carnegie Hall), Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark and Toronto, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightnment and Le musiche Nove ensemble, concentrating on the forgotten works of Vivaldi and Gluck; recitals of several European cities as London, Paris, Geneva and a return to the Zurich Opera for “ Cenerentola” and a new production of Haydn’s”Armida” with Maestro Harnoncourt conducting.

In the Autumn Mrs Bartoli will be again in the recording studio, having renewed her exclusive contract with the Decca Music Group and “the Art of Cecilia Bartoli” album will be released at the same time worldwide with an overview of her repertoire as well as two unreleased duets with Luciano Pavarotti from “l’Elisir d’amore and Traviata.