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 Da-niel Barenboim as well. For the past thirty years, Cecilia Bartoli has been performing at the most renowned opera houses and concert halls, as well as at the major international festivals. She began working with leading symphony orchestras and early music ensembles early in her career, 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, the work of 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. Since 2012 Bartoli has been artistic director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, where she has appeared in recent years as Bellini’s Norma, Rossini’s Cenerentola, Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Handel’s Ariodante, among others. In 2019 she performed the title role in Handel’s Alcina there, and in 2020 she will return as Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Cecilia Bartoli’s CDs and DVDs have sold more than 12 million copies, and she has received no fewer than five Grammy Awards. Most recently, at the end of 2018, she released a Vivaldi album with the Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Among the many distinctions she has received 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.

August 2019