September 26, 2016

Handel Heroines: details of the programme

The Concergebouw Amsterdam, first venue of Cecilia's Handel programme, published details:

September 11, 2016

Cecilia Bartoli's 2016 Lucerne Festival concert

For what it's worth, here are my thoughts on Cecilia's concert in Lucerne last week:

PS I liked it... a lot!

July 27, 2016

'It's almost impossible not to love Cecilia Bartoli'

Read an enthusiastic and well researched article about Cecilia from a Scottish music blog: Meet Cecilia Bartoli, opera's Renaissance woman and a possible future plan! In addition there's finally a video of West Side Story back in space.


July 9, 2016

Les Musiciens du Prince

Read an article (in English!) about the birth of 'Les Musiciens du Prince', who's concertmaster and who else joined the orchestra. Too bad, the programme is not listed in detail, it says only Händel.

June 24, 2016

Cecilia e Martha

Listen to Cecilia talking in Italian about her upcoming concert with Martha Argerich - I always love how vivid and liberate she is in her mother tongue.


As far as I understood: Martha was kind of afraid of this progetto, didn't know how to accompany a (female) voice, because she never did before. Cecilia gave her the hint to regard the voice as a violin, and that was fine for Martha.

Diego says that dispite two Dive Assolute meet, they come along with each other easily. As far as I understood him - and I'm not at all sure that I did! - Martha finds things quite difficult while Cecilia always knows a way out and everything turns out to be easy.

My Italian is so rusty!

June 17, 2016

Cecilia received Polar Music Prize yesterday

I love what and especially how Mrs Alice Bah Kuhnke is saying about Cecilia! <3

There are several Videos of the ceremony online, here's Ann Hallenberg's tribute:

Anne Sofie von Otter congratulates on Facebook:

June 6, 2016

Cecilia's Mozart-programme with Barenboim in Berlin

Haydn: Arianna a Naxos (Mezzosopran and piano)
Mozart: Ch'io mi scordi di te (Mezzosopran, piano and orchestra)
Mozart: Parto, ma tu ben mio (aria Sesto, La Clemenza di Tito)
Mozart: Deh per questo istante solo (aria Sesto, La Clemenza di Tito)
Mozart: Piano-concerto A-Major, KV 488)

June 5, 2016

.....and more flowers to her birthday

copyright : NiccoloT

June 4, 2016

June 4

Everywhere, on the radio, social networks, newspapers I come across best wishes to Cecilia's 50th birthday today. We all know and I'm sure, many of us sent her the very best wishes in their minds already.

It should not be missed here:

Tanti auguri a cara Cecilia! Health and joy may be with you the next 50 years!

May 23, 2016

Rediscovery of Steffani goes on

Perhaps many of you know already, but I find this so very interesting that I have to share:

In Berlin, the Staatsoper performs Steffani's Opera 'Amor vien dal Destino'. I'm sure, this is Cecilia's merit, her 'Mission' is spreading. I love that!

May 3, 2016

West Side Story

I think we can open a new thread for West Side Story now, the reporting has started.

I found an interview with Cecilia and an article about WWS in a German magazine called 'Oper!'. It's not online, but I took some pictures for the German-speaking ones of us.

The interview:

The article:

 And a nice congratulation:
Cecilia is on the title of the magazine and there are several small notes concerning her. Worth buying it.
For the non German-speaking, I will translate the important parts later.

March 23, 2016

On the joys of travelling by boat...

Just translated an interview about travel with Cecilia from La Repubblica newspaper a couple of days ago. It doesn't say anything earth-shattering, but it is a pleasant ode to the joys of travelling on water:

February 25, 2016

Concerts and Operas with Cecilia's Orchestra 'Les Musiciens du Prince'

I think the news Catherine T. told us is worth a post. Thank you, Catherine!

Up to now two productions in Amsterdam: Haendel's Heroines 15th November 2016 and La Cenerentola 15th February 2017!

February 19, 2016

Bits and pieces from Monaco

Dear all,

Cecilia with some news about 'Les Musiciens du Prince' - as far as I understood, the first concert will be in July already. You can tell her enthusiasm talking about her orchestra. She wants to start with a firework, a musical one?

In bocca al lupo per oggi, Cecilia!

>>> UPDATE, another video:

February 10, 2016

Cecilia is going to receive the Polar Music Prize 2016

On their site , Cecilia is named one of two winners this year.
The ceremony will take place in Stockholm on June 16th 2016.
There is  a little video here, too.
Congratulations, Cecilia -:).

Maybe the Grammy is next ??

January 26, 2016

Viaggio Italiano : a new programme for next season ?

Information on the website of Barbican Centre :

January 3, 2016

A happy and healthy New Year to all of you

                              May this year be a good year for all of you.

November 24, 2015

Sad news: Ton

Dear all,

I have to bring sad news to you, Klaus asked me to, since he's far in Nepal and can't write.

Ton had a fatal accident. He came to death on a walking tour on his favorite island Madeira.

I think, many of us knew him, either personally or at least from the forum.

It wasn't easy for him to find in life what he was looking for. Even in Cecilia concerts, too many coughs could ruin his joy. But when everything was perfect around him, listening to her gave peace to his soul. Combined with a talk to the so friendly and attached Cecilia after a concert, he could take this as a treasure into his world.

He was a very generous person and loved to share anything he had from Cecilia and spared no efforts to do so. One example of many: He had two tickets for 'Mozart and the Vienne Classics' in Amsterdam back in 2013, a very perfect one in row 4 close to the aisle and another one on the podium behind Cecilia. I only had a ticket in the back, a row in the 20ies.

He then offered me to take the seat in row 3 for the second half (first half a Dutch friend of him could sit there)!

He himself sat behind Cecilia and said afterwards, he enjoyed my face while sitting right in front of her singing 'Berenice'. I was so thankful!

Klaus could tell you much more facets of his character, I'm sure.

In this video from Mission concert 2012 in Amsterdam you can see him sitting in front of the person who filmed. He loved to see himself in that video:

May his soul rest in peace.


October 27, 2015

La Scala cancelled

Today's recital has been cancelled due to «a bad cold». A concert of I Barocchisti will take place instead. Nevertheless, «the new date of the concert of Cecilia Bartoli at La Scala will be announced soon».