Cecilia Bartoli, a native of Rome, was trained by her mother Silvana Bazzoni. She made her opera debut in 1987, and in 1988, at just 22 years of age, worked with Nikolaus Harnoncourt for the first time in a production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Right at the beginning of her career, she also collaborated with Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, and Daniel Barenboim. Bartoli has been performing for 30 years at the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls, as well as at the major international festivals. She started working early on not only with the leading symphony orchestras but also with 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 Monte Carlo-based orchestra Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco. Baroque literature, Mozart, and bel canto are the focal points of her repertoire, and she has also ensured that many works that had fallen into oblivion have been rediscovered. Bartoli has been Artistic Director of the Whitsun Festival in Salzburg since 2012, appearing there in recent years as Bellini’s Norma, Rossini’s Cenerentola, Maria from Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Handel’s Ariodante and Alcina, among other roles. In 2022, she performed Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at Salzburg. She will take over as director of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in January 2023, becoming the first woman in its history to do so. Bartoli’s CDs and DVDs have sold more than 12 million copies, and she has received no fewer than five Grammy Awards. Her most recent album, which came out in the fall of 2021, is titled Unreleased and comprises arias by Beethoven, Mozart, and Mysliveček. Among her numerous awards are the Léonie Sonning Music Prize (2010), the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize (2012), and the Polar Music Prize (2016).
Lucerne Festival (IMF) debut on 7 September 1995 in a lieder recital, with György Fischer at the keyboard.