Cecilia Bartoli © Uli Weber/Decca
Cecilia Bartoli, a native of Rome, was trained by her mother Silvana Bazzoni. She made her operatic debut in 1987, and in 1988, when she was only 22, she worked with Nikolaus Harnoncourt for the first time in a production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Already 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 began working early on not only with the major symphony orchestras but also with such early music ensembles as 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; in the process, she has ensured the rediscovery of many works that had fallen into oblivion. Bartoli has served since 2012 as Artistic Director of the Whitsun Festival in Salzburg, where in recent years she has appeared as Bellini’s Norma, Rossini’s Cenerentola, Maria from Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Handel’s Ariodante and Alcina, among other roles. In 2021, she created the part of Piacere in a staged performance of Handel’s oratorio Il trionfo del tempo. When she takes over direction of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in 2023, she will become the first woman in the history of the company to lead it. Bartoli’s CDs and DVDs have sold more than 12 million copies, and she has received five Grammy Awards. Most recently, in late 2020, she released the album Queen of Baroque, a collection of her best recordings of 17th- and 18th-century music. Among the numerous awards with which she has been honored 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.