Cecilia Bartoli

Biography

Born: June 4, 1966   Country: Italy  
During the final decade of the twentieth century, Cecilia Bartoli emerged as perhaps the public's favorite concert singer, with no sign in the twenty-first that her singular mix of vocal pyrotechnics, physical attractiveness, intelligent musicianship, and audience seduction would decline. Only Luciano Pavarotti sold more discs for Decca in the same period. Bartoli has been winning awards globally every year since 1992. She sings opera, of course, Read more but for only part of each season, and by choice in a limited number of congenial venues. Although Monte Carlo is her home, Zürich audiences are frequent beneficiaries of her operatic activity, where Nikolaus Harnoncourt, one of the two most influential conductors in her career, regularly presides. She sang Cherubino in Mozart's Figaro there in 1989, officially the first year of her career, and later on, Susanna. She also sang her first Zerlina, then Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Fiordiligi in Cosě, not, from reports, a vocal triumph. But that feat means she has sung all three of the opera's women: Dorabella for the first time in 1990, and the maid Despina, her debut role at the Met, in 1996. Bartoli made her New York debut, however, in 1990 at a Mostly Mozart concert, returning in 1992 for three sold-out performances, followed by a U.S. tour. Her other Mozart roles include Cecilio in Lucio Silla, Idamante in Idomeneo, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, and Sifare in Mitridate.

She made her U.S. opera debut at Houston in 1993 in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, the other most prominent composer in her stage career to date. Not counting the Shepherd Boy at age 9 in Tosca at Rome, where her father was a career chorister, or an appearance at Catania in 1987 -- just a year after she began intensive vocal training under her mother -- Rossini was initially predominant: La pietra del paragone in 1988, then La scala di seta at Pesaro, and The Barber at Ludwigsburg in 1989. She made her La Scala debut in 1991 as Isolier in Le comte Ory, and in 1992 added Angiolina, (aka, La cenerentola), at Bologna. Otherwise, she has appeared in two Haydn operas, Armida and L'anima del filosofo -- the latter at Vienna in 1995, and her debut role at London's Royal Opera in October 2001. The only other stage role to date has been Paisiello's Nina. Bartoli characterizes herself as "a child of the eighteenth century" -- increasingly reflected in recordings that now include CDs of Vivaldi and early operatic arias by Gluck (issued as Dreams and Fables). Of the more than 20 releases by 2002, 10 have been operas, all by Mozart and Rossini. Although her mother remains Bartoli's only teacher (and traveling companion, as Renata Tebaldi's mother used to be), the Italian musicologist Claudio Osele became a valued consultant on the Vivaldi project.

Bartoli trained formally at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory -- choosing the trombone paradoxically, but then she also wanted to be a flamenco dancer before emerging as a coloratura mezzo with a high C. In recital, pianists have included Daniel Barenboim (who also conducted her first Berlioz's Nuits d'été), Myung-Whun Chung, and regularly since 1995, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. The question becomes, however, after half a lifetime of singing, quo vadit? Her on-stage slapstick in Rossini's operas (with L'italiana in Algeri still untried) does not befit the direction she is taking musically. But Bartoli has brains as well as charm, and celebrity once experienced is unslakable. Read less
Handel: Giulio Cesare / Scholl, Bartoli, Antonini
Release Date: 05/20/2016   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002494909   Number of Discs: 2
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Handel: Giulio Cesare / Scholl, Bartoli, Antonini [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 05/20/2016   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002494859   Number of Discs: 1
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Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Levine, Freni, Pavarotti, Bartoli, Vargas
Release Date: 11/21/2011   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001623302   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Mitridate / Rousset, Bartoli, Dessay, Piau, Florez
Release Date: 04/13/1999   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 460772   Number of Discs: 3
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Handel: Rinaldo / Hogwood, Bartoli, Daniels, Fink, Et Al
Release Date: 10/10/2000   Label: L'oiseau Lyre  
Catalog: 467087   Number of Discs: 3
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    Mozart: Cosi fan tutte / Cuberli, Barenboim, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 557374 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Tomlinson,  Joan Rodgers,  Lella Cuberli,  Ferruccio Furlanetto  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chamber Choir,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Da Ponte Operas / Harnoncourt, Zurich Opera House
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109235 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth von Magnus,  Liliana Nikiteanu,  Carlos Chausson,  Rodney Gilfry  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus
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    Mozart: Da Ponte Operas / Harnoncourt, Zurich Opera House [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109236 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth von Magnus,  Liliana Nikiteanu,  Carlos Chausson,  Rodney Gilfry  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus
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    Classical 2016
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555937 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giovanni Pacini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Antonio Pappano,  Anja [Soprano Vocal] Harteros,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Nello Santi,  Gianandrea Noseda,  Carlo Rizzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion,  Arcangelo,  L'Arpeggiata  ... 
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    Opera Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002503602 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Henry Lewis,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Handel: Giulio Cesare / Scholl, Bartoli, Antonini
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002494909 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Philippe Jaroussky
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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    Handel: Giulio Cesare / Scholl, Bartoli, Antonini [Blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002494859 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Andreas Scholl,  Philippe Jaroussky
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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  • 8.
    Best Wishes from Cecilia Bartoli
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109176 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gino Quilico,  Robert Lloyd,  Edith Gabry,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Ferro,  Franz Welser-Möst,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 9.
    Best Wishes From Cecilia Bartoli (Blu-ray)
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109177 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gino Quilico,  Robert Lloyd,  Edith Gabry,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Ferro,  Franz Welser-Möst,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Opera Chorus  ... 
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    The Florilegium Series - Classical & Early Romantic
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 002386502 Release Date: 10/15/2015   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Hacker,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Emma Kirkby,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Simon Preston,  Alan Hacker,  Arnold Östman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  The Music Party,  Oxford New College Choir  ... 
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  • 12.
    Treasures of Bel Canto / Rolando Villazon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002362802 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Rolando Villazón,  Cecilia Bartoli
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
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    Classic Duets / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002232209 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Luciano Pavarotti,  June Anderson,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti,  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Georg Solti,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte / Harnoncourt, Bartoli  [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108130 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Oliver Widmer,  Roberto Saccŕ,  Agnes Baltsa,  Liliana Nikiteanu  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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  • 15.
    Classic Duets / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002200802 Release Date: 11/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Luciano Pavarotti,  June Anderson,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti,  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Georg Solti,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    St. Petersburg / Bartoli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002160702 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Araia,  Hermann Raupach,  Domenico Dall'Oglio,  Francesco Manfredini  ... 
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti,  Swiss Radio Chorus
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  • 17.
    Rossini: Otello / Tang, Bartoli, Osborn, Camarena, Rocha
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002047209 Release Date: 05/06/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Javier Camarena,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Edgardo Rocha,  John Osborn
    Conductor:  Muhai Tang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich La Scintilla Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Rossini: Otello / Tang, Bartoli, Osborn, Camarena, Rocha [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002047159 Release Date: 05/06/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Javier Camarena,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Edgardo Rocha,  John Osborn
    Conductor:  Muhai Tang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich La Scintilla Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Rossini: Le Comte Ory /   Bartoli, Camarena, Tang, Orchestra La Scintilla
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001808659 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Javier Camarena,  Oliver Widmer,  Liliana Nikiteanu  ... 
    Conductor:  Muhai Tang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Zurich La Scintilla Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Rossini: Le Comte Ory / Bartoli, Camarena, Zurich
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001808509 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Rebeca Olvera,  Liliana Nikiteanu,  Oliver Widmer,  Javier Camarena  ... 
    Conductor:  Muhai Tang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Zurich La Scintilla Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Steffani: Stabat Mater / Bartoli, Pregardien, Fasolis
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001894702 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agostino Steffani
    Performer:  Salvatore Vitale,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Daniel Behle,  Franco Fagioli  ... 
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swiss Radio Chorus,  I Barocchisti
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  • 24.
    Haydn: Armida / Harnoncourt, Bartoli, Concentus Musicus Wien
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 2564660471 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Christoph Prégardien,  Patricia Petibon,  Scot Weir  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
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    Bellini: Norma / Bartoli, Jo, Osborn, Antonini
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001843802 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Liliana Nikiteanu,  Reinaldo Macias,  John Osborn,  Sumi Jo  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra La Scintilla,  International Chamber Vocalists
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