11/12/2013, Dvořák Hall at the Rudolfinum, Prague
CECILIA BARTOLI – Mozart and the Masters of Viennese Classicism
12th November 2013, 7:30 PM
Muhai Tang – conductor
For more than two decades, Cecilia Bartoli has undeniably been one of the leading artists in the field of classical music. All over the world, her new operatic roles, her concert programs and recording projects are expected with great eagerness and curiosity. The exceptional amount of 8 million CDs sold, more than 100 weeks ranking in the international pop charts, numerous Golden Discs, four Grammys, nine Echos and a Bambi, two Classical Brit Awards and many other prestigious awards reflect the immense success the best-selling classical artist after Lucciano Pavarotti.
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. During the most recent years, Bartoli has been colaborating with 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 and Ensemble Matheus.
Cecilia Bartoli has been endowed with the Italian Knighthood and is an “Accademico effettivo” of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, a French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite as well as an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, London. Most recently she was given the prestigious Italian prize Bellini d’Oro, a Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes, one of the highest awards of the Spanish Ministry of Culture. She was also made an Honorary Doctor of Music at the University College of Dublin.
In 2012 Cecilia became Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. The first edition, which was dedicated to the thousand faces of Cleopatra, was met with great enthusiasm from audience and media. The second edition in 2013 is titled “Sacrifice – Opfer – Victim” and sees Cecilia’s exciting stage debut as Norma, amongst others.
The phenomenal coloratura mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli will perform in Prague for the third time; this time, she will take a brand new journey of the masters of Viennese Classicim (Mozart, Gluck, Haydn, Beethoven).