Cecilia Bartoli

mezzo-soprano

Cecilia Bartoli, a native of Rome, was trained by her mother Silvana Bazzoni. She made her operatic debut in 1987 and, in 1988, at the age of 22, worked with Nikolaus Harnoncourt on a production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. At the very beginning of her career came encounters with Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, and Daniel Barenboim as well. For more than 20 years, Cecilia Bartoli has been performing at the most renowned opera houses and concert halls, as well as at the major international festivals. Early on, she began working with leading symphony orchestras and early music ensembles, including Les Arts Florissants, Concentus Musicus Wien, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, La Scintilla, and I Barocchisti. In 2016 she founded the Monaco-based orchestra Les Musiciens du Prince. Baroque literature, Mozart, and bel canto are the focuses of her repertoire, and she has made a point of rediscovering many works that had fallen into oblivion. Cecilia Bartoli has been artistic director since 2012 of the Whitsun Festival at Salzburg, where she has appeared in recent years as Bellini’s Norma, Rossini’s Cenerentola, and Handel’s Ariodante, among others. In 2018, she performed the title role in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri there, and in 2019 she will return for a new production of Handel’s Alcina. Cecilia Bartoli’s recordings have sold more than ten million copies, and she has received the Grammy Award no fewer than five times. Most recently, in the late fall of 2017, she released the album Dolce Duello with Sol Gabetta and the Cappella Gabetta. She has garnered the highest distinctions in Italy and France, and Denmark honored her with the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2010; she was awarded the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize in 2012 and the Polar Music Prize for her life’s work in 2016.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 7 September 1995 in a lieder recital, with György Fischer at the keyboard.

July 2018