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Thus, Cecilia Bartoli brings Classical Music close to the hearts of millions of people throughout the world. Apart from that, she is proud that through their popularity, her projects have caused a wide-spread re-evaluation and rediscovery of the neglected composers and forgotten repertoire which she puts up for discussion.
It is not surprising that Herbert von Karajan, Daniel Barenboim and Nikolaus Harnoncourt were among the first conductors Cecilia Bartoli worked with. They noticed her talent at a very early stage when she had barely completed her vocal studies with her parents in her home-town Rome. Since then, many further conductors, pianists and orchestras of highest renown have been her regular partners. In recent years, her work has begun to focus on collaborations with the most significant period instrument orchestras (Akademie für Alte Musik, Les Arts Florissants, Concentus Musicus Wien, Freiburger Barockorchester, Il Giardino Armonico, Kammerorchester Basel, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra La Scintilla). Projects with orchestras where Cecilia Bartoli assumes the overall artistic responsibility have become increasingly important to her and were crowned by the jointly developed and performed programmes with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Cecilia Bartoli regularly sings in the most important concert halls in Europe, the United States and Japan. Her stage appearances include prestigious opera houses and festivals such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Salzburg Festival and the Zürich Opera House, where she has presented many of her operatic roles for the first time. Most recently, her roles have included Rossini's Fiorilla in "Il Turco in Italia" at Covent Garden and two Handelian heroines, Cleopatra (in "Giulio Cesare" with Marc Minkowski) and Semele (with William Christie) in Zurich.
In 2007/08 Cecilia Bartoli devotes her time to the early 19th century - the era of Italian Romanticism and Belcanto - and especially the legendary singer Maria Malibran. Her 200th birthday on 24th March 2008 was marked by a historical day in Malibran's birthplace Paris: Cecilia Bartoli sang 3 concerts in one day as the centre-piece of a Malibran-Marathon at Salle Pleyel - collaborating with Lang Lang, Vadim Repin, Adam Fischer and Myung-Whun Chung - while the City of Paris showed her Barcelona Concert on a big screen outside the Hôtel de Ville, where Cecilia Bartoli's mobile Malibran Museum was stationed to honour that special day. Further bicentenary events were the CD "Maria", the DVD "The Barcelona Concert/Malibran Rediscovered", extensive concert tours as well as operatic appearances as Cenerentola, Sonnambula and Halevy's Clari - in a Malibran-opera which had not been performed since 1829.
Cecilia Bartoli has been endowed with the Italian Knighthood and is an "Accademico effettivo" of Santa Cecilia, Rome, a French "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" and an "Honorary Member" of the Royal Academy of Music, London.
These points are too bad given the otherwise high quality of this recording.
I ordered this CD because it was the only Opera that I found that had both Bartoli & Florez, two of the most amazing voices we have today.
I find all of this controversy wonderful and interesting, and I value everything everyone has to say.
Anything with Cecilia Bartoli and I want it. A consummate musician. Let's hope that we have her forever.
Generally the other 3 and 4 star reviews have captured my thoughts re this. I'm always a bit wary of buying Bartoli material and even more so now. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sonofhector
Now, this really is a strange situation that we have here. Despite of all that is written in the leaflet, even a kid knows that you cannot portray youth and innocence with a mezzo... Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by g.g.2000
Ouvir um personagem tão tradicional no repertório do bel canto, sem os agudos é meio estranho. Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by Jose Rubens Rezek
Bellini: La Sonnambula is a 2008 Decca Music Group recording starring Cecilia Bartoli and Juan Dieogo Florez in Bellin's La Sonnabula. The booklet is very well-done. Read morePublished on November 19, 2011 by Bjorn Viberg
I ordered this CD because it was the only Opera that I found that had both Bartoli & Florez, two of the most amazing voices we have today. Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by Deborah C. Lueders
While this might not be as good as the the Callas live from La Scala recording conducted by Bernstein or the old Cetra recording with Feruccio Tagliavini and Lina Pagliughi it is... Read morePublished on March 30, 2010 by Hugh C. Weiss
What a refreshing change from the usual chirping canary singing Amina! It may take some getting used to
but having a mezzo sing the role gives the character an earthier,... Read more
La Sonnambula is such a hauntingly beautiful but often neglected opera. For some reason, this year seems to have been a very good one for La Sonnambula, though. Read morePublished on May 26, 2009 by RAWoFFtheWaLL