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Cecilia Bartoli, a model for an entire generation of young musicians

One of the most important artists in the world of classical music

With a magnificent career that has continued uninterrupted for over 35 years, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli has established herself as one of the world's most prominent artists in classical music. His work on stage is strengthened by a fiery passion for the rediscovery of rare music and a deep interest in philological representation. Her large-scale projects, spanning various forms of art, have brought her international recognition and enabled her to achieve prestigious management positions in Salzburg and Monte Carlo.

Today we can undoubtedly say that Cecilia has written an important chapter in the history of music and has become a model for future generations.

All of Cecilia's projects are characterized by the salient traits of her personality: musicality, intelligence and sense of theatre, combined with great warmth, charisma and passion.

Born in Rome and followed in the studio by her mother, the singing teacher Silvana Bazzoni, Cecilia was discovered by Daniel Barenboim, Herbert von Karajan and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Each of them would leave their mark on his career, which exploded so quickly on a global level. Over the years she has performed with the most prestigious orchestras and conductors at major theatres, concert halls and festivals in North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia.

Innovative projects dedicated to forgotten music, combining extensive concert tours, highly successful recordings, spectacular productions, imaginative films and multimedia events have become the trademark of Cecilia's work. Since 2012 he has been artistic director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival; in 2023 she also took on the role of director of the Monte Carlo Opéra, the first woman in the history of this theatre.

Also in Monte Carlo, his period instrument orchestra, Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco, was founded in 2016, under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II and HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover. Cecilia and this musical ensemble perform together in their permanent home in Monte Carlo and throughout Europe.

Cecilia's repertoire is based on Rossini, Mozart, Handel and their contemporaries. However, her meticulous research on vocality and the roles performed by famous singers such as Farinelli, Maria Malibran or Giuditta Pasta, encouraged her to venture into spaces that until now had not been considered suitable for mezzo-sopranos.

Milestones in his career include the first production of Rossini's Cenerentola at the MET in New York in 1997; the legendary Vivaldi Album which has sold millions of copies since 1999; the marathon concert in Paris in 2008 on the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Maria Malibran; his iconoclastic approach to Bellini's Norma in 2013, culminating in the scientific reconstruction of the score; a week of performances of Rossini's works welcomed by a delirious audience at the Vienna Opera in 2022.

The Cecilia Bartoli – Music Foundation was established as part of Cecilia's philanthropic commitment and aims to bring classical music to a wider audience, as well as collaborate with talented young musicians. Among other activities, the Foundation has created a new record label, Mentored by Bartoli, in collaboration with Decca. Thanks to this feat, notable musicians such as Javier Camarena and Varduhi Abrahamyan had the opportunity to record their first studio albums.

Honorary degrees, five Grammys, more than a dozen Echos and Brit Awards, the Polar Music Prize, the Léonie-Sonning-Music Prize, the Herbert-von-Karajan-Musikpreis and many other recognitions highlight the significant role that Cecilia works in the world of culture and music.

Talent and career led Cecilia to be appointed President of Europa Nostra - the European Voice of Civil Society committed to cultural heritage. Cecilia took up this role in 2022 for an initial five-year term.

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