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
St. Petersburg / Cecilia Bartoli
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002160702   Number of Discs: 1
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Rossini: Il Turco In Italia / Chailly, Bartoli
Release Date: 04/14/1998   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 458924   Number of Discs: 2
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Rossini: Otello / Tang, Bartoli, Osborn, Camarena, Rocha
Release Date: 05/06/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002047209   Number of Discs: 1
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Chant d'Amour / Cecilia Bartoli
Release Date: 10/15/1996   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 452667   Number of Discs: 1
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Rossini: Le Comte Ory / Bartoli, Camarena, Zurich
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001808509   Number of Discs: 1
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    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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    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 / Cecilia 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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    Gluck: The Great Operas / Gardiner, Minkowski, McCreesh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002088102 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Sylvia McNair,  Cyndia Sieden,  Richard Croft  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Marc Minkowski,  Paul McCreesh,  Bernhard Forck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Les Musiciens du Louvre  ... 
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 11.
    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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  • 12.
    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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    Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Bartoli, Quilico, Ferro
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102305 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Carlos Feller,  David Kuebler,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Edith Gabry  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Ferro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne State Opera Chorus,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Mission / Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001769159 Release Date: 12/18/2012  
    Composer:  Agostino Steffani
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Rosario Conte,  Philippe Jaroussky
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti,  Swiss Radio Chorus
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    Mission / Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti [DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001769009 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agostino Steffani
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Rosario Conte,  Philippe Jaroussky
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti,  Swiss Radio Chorus
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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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  • 18.
    Ravel Complete Edition [14-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728702 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Ivo Pogorelich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Charles Dutoit,  Ernest Ansermet,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Nash Ensemble,  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart  ... 
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  • 19.
    Mission / Cecilia Bartoli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001742002 Release Date: 10/02/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agostino Steffani
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Rosario Conte,  Philippe Jaroussky
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti,  Swiss Radio Chorus
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  • 20.
    Mission / Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti [Deluxe Limited Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001742002 Release Date: 10/02/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agostino Steffani
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Rosario Conte,  Philippe Jaroussky
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti,  Swiss Radio Chorus
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  • 21.
    Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia / Patane, Nucci, Bartoli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001727202 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Michele Pertusi,  Gloria Banditelli,  Enrico Fissore,  William Matteuzzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Great Voices Of The Century / Bartoli, Prey, Schock, Domingo, Wunderlich, Callas
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9056 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Aliberti,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Piero Cappuccilli,  Rudolf Schock  ... 
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  • 23.
    Classical 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Georges Bizet,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini
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    Opera 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675802 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Umberto Giordano,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Fabio Luisi,  Antonio Pappano,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Barenboim, Tomlinson, Rodgers
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564662129 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Tomlinson,  Phyllis Pancella,  Joan Rodgers,  Richard Brünner  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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