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Cecilia Bartoli, who comes from Rome, was trained by her mother Silvana Bazzoni. She made her opera debut in 1987 and in 1988, when she was only 22, worked for the first time with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in a production of Mozart's Così fan tutte. Right at the beginning of her career, she also encountered Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, and Daniel Barenboim. Cecilia Bartoli has been performing in the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls as well as at the major international festivals for 30 years. Early on, she worked with leading symphony orchestras as well as with early music ensembles such 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 Monaco-based orchestra Les Musiciens du Prince. Baroque literature, Mozart, and bel canto are the main focuses of her repertoire, and she has helped to rediscover many forgotten works. Since 2012, Cecilia Bartoli has been Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, where she has appeared in recent years in such roles as Bellini's Norma, Rossini's Cenerentola, Maria from Bernstein's West Side Story, and Handel's Ariodante and Alcina. In 2023 she will become the first woman in the Opéra de Monte-Carlo’s history to take over management of the opera house. 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, in late 2019, she released the album Farinelli with Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini. Among the numerous awards she has garnered 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.