For more than two decades Cecilia Bartoli has been one of the undisputed superstars of classical music. It is hardly surprising that within a short time of completing her vocal training with her mother in Rome she was already being approached by eminent conductors such as Karajan, Barenboim and Harnoncourt. Since then she has appeared with leading orchestras, conductors and pianists in the world’s greatest concert halls and opera houses as well as at all the major festivals. In recent years she has worked increasingly closely with leading ensembles in the field of historically informed performance practice.
Her recordings, exclusively for Decca, are sold in their millions, enjoying top rankings in the pop charts for weeks on end and regularly garnering the most prestigious prizes, including five Grammy Awards, ten Echo Awards, a Victoire de la Musique and a Classical Brit Award. In this way Cecilia Bartoli brings classical music closer to millions of people all over the world.
At the same time she is proud of the fact that her projects have resulted in a comprehensive reassessment and rediscovery of many neglected composers and of a forgotten repertory, including the operas of Vivaldi. The focus of her interest is on the one hand the Baroque repertory – most recently two sensational projects inspired by the Neapolitan school of castratos and by the operas of Agostino Steffani – and on the other hand a critical re-examination of the age of Italian Romanticism, especially the bel canto repertory. In 2008, on the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of the legendary singer Maria Malibran, Cecilia Bartoli paid tribute to her by giving three concerts in a single day at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. She also made several recordings and performed roles central to Malibran’s repertory. Her most recent role debuts as the Countess in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory in a new critical edition and as Desdemona in the same composer’s Otello, in both cases with the Orchestra La Scintilla on period instruments, further illustrate her desire to reconstruct the orchestral sound and vocal style of the period when these works were first performed.
In the course of her exceptional career, Cecilia Bartoli has received countless prestigious honours and distinctions.
She has been the artistic director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival since 2012.