March 23, 2012

Russian tour 2012

I finish this post with my review of the Kazan' concert (link below). Cecilia brought a whole week of pure joy to still winterly Russia. It has been a fantastic March.

After the Moscow concert
© Olga Minina
This post contains all the major information about the three Russian concerts we had in 2012.

Kazan'. Cecilia in ru: vàrezhki = en: mitten = de: Fausthandschuh = it: manopole = es: manoplas = fr: moufle

Video & Audio

March, 27 — Soirée Rossininenne in Kazàn'
  • My review in English.
  • Cecilia's day in Kazan': photos + one more photo.
  • Three encores: «Ti voglio tanto bene», «Canto negro» and «Non ti scordar di me».
  • «Rataplan» back to its normal speed (unlike Petersburg).
  • What was most strange: there was a local poet sitting on the scene all the time and read his translations of the songs before each number. Why didn't they just print it?..
  • A local blog post: «Yesterday Cecilia Bartoli was brought to tugan avyly» (translated by the author as the native aul :-D).

March, 24 — Sacrificium in Moscow
  • My review in English.
  • An IDEAL performance! Just incredible «Qual farfalla», prayer-like «Quel buon pastor son io» and sparkling «Nobil onda».
  • Four!!! encores. 1. Vivaldi's «Sovvente il sole»; 2. Handel's «M'adora l'idol mio»; 3. Handel's «Bel piacere, bel godere»; 4. Broschi's «Son qual nave» (da capo).
  • A blog post: «S. just came from Bartoli's concert. A thirty-some years old matron jumps all over the flat like a ninth former». (that is about 15 years old in Russia).

 March, 22 — Mozart and Rossini in Petersburg
  • Russian blogs are full of excited posts in the style «no words — emotions only».
  • Semiramide's cavatina was changed for Rosina's one. «Una voce poco fa» did not have the Malibran ending, but the energy of the piece was unimaginable.
  • Rataplan (the first encore) was sung at increased speed comparing to what I'm used to (half a minute faster than the version on the «Maria» album).
  • The second encore was «Non più mesta» again.

March 22, 2012

Cecilia about Carmen

Once again.

The Russian newspaper Izvestia (literally The Reports) has published Cecilia's new interview. Mostly it is all the usual «Who were castrati?» and «Why Cleopatra in Salzburg?», but at the same time the eternal question has been raised again:
— Carmen is not among the roles in your repertoire. Would you like to create a version of your own?
— I am working and researching. I am sure that «Carmen» is not a pseudo folk show à la flamenco, not an «Arena di Verona», not a mass event. It is the French charm, opéra comique. What is required from performers is lightness, sense of the style, skill to work with text and pronunciation; and the director should find a convincing performance conception.

Le Comte Ory at the Theater an der Wien

http://www.theater-wien.at/index.php/de/spielplan/production/100142

Cecilia will do a rerun of Le Comte in the Zürich production in Vienna in February 2013.
Lawrence Brownlee will join her. Very exciting...will we get an Otello with him in the main role in Vienna, too, in 2014????

March 20, 2012

Cecilia in Gergiev's press conference

On the 20th of March Cecilia Bartoli participated in the press conference held by the Mariinsky Theatre's head conductor Valery Gergiev.

Not much was said, but here are some interesting points:
  • Cecilia said: «Well, I've just arrived — and in a very peculiar way because I decided to take a ship. And I wanted to see the sea with all the ice… This is something for a Roman. I mean, we never have snow in Rome (well, last winter yes — for the first time in fifty years probably). And then, to come here: the ship crossing and cutting the ice… You know, this is a strong feeling. This is something very-very special»
    The voyage from Lübeck to Petersburg took about three days.
  • Cecilia promised to «definitely come back».
  • Gergiev expressed hope of future collaboration with Cecilia. He said it in connection with the «Russian» operas of the Settecento (actually those operas were composed by Italian composers such as Sarti, Cimarosa and Paisiello for Russia).
© Mariinsky.tv

March 14, 2012

Win a monthly membership from medici.tv

Medici.tv, the site, that broadcasted Cecilia's Otello offered me a  little contest , in which you can win one of five monthly memberships. You have to send a mail with three answers to their questions to ctolot@medici.tv   .

The questions are:
1.) What was Cecilia Bartoli’s first passion before singing?
2.) What is the name of her album dedicated to castrati?
3.) Which role did she just sing in Zürich?

Good luck.
Klaus T.


March 12, 2012

Petersburg concert

Cecilia's official site confirmed her concert in Petersburg this month. The programme includes arias from operas by Mozart and Rossini what is an interesting deviation from the current concert «mainstream». And a return to Mozart sounds great, especially in the light of Gstaad concert with «Bartoli's classical repertoire».
Hopefully there will be reviews from the Russian «northern capital».

The vocal part of the programme:
  • Mozart 
    • Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia
    • Parto, parto, ma tu, ben mio*
    •  Exsultate, jubilate*
  • Rossini
    • Bel raggio lusinghier
    • Assisa a piè d'un salice
    • Nacqui all'affanno… Non più mesta
* — castrati repertoire ;-)

March 7, 2012

Return to Zürich !!

Cecilia told us confidently, that she will return to Zürich eventually, just not next season.

March 2, 2012

Otello broadcast

The site Medici.tv is going to broadcast «Otello» from March 8 to June 8 this year.

March 1, 2012

Program Cleopatra virtuosa

ANTONIO SARTORIO • Sinfonia from act I and sinfonia from act III from the opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto
ANTONIO SARTORIO • Aria of Cleopatra "Ho un’ alma che brilla" from the opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto
ANTONIO SARTORIO • Sinfonia from act II from the opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto
ANTONIO SARTORIO • Aria of Cleopatra "Quando voglio" from the opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto
DANIELE DA CASTROVILLARI • Lamento of Cleopatra "A Dio regni, a Dio spettri" from the opera La Cleopatre
CARL HEINRICH GRAUN • Sinfonia from the opera Cleopatre e Cesare
CARL HEINRICH GRAUN • Aria of Cleopatra "S’avvien che si posi" from the opera Cleopatra e Cesare
CARL HEINRICH GRAUN • Recitative and aria of Cleopatra "Certo è il mio fato … Ah, dirti non poss’io" from the opera Cleopatra e Cesare
CARL HEINRICH GRAUN • Aria of Cleopatra "Tra le procelle assorto" from the opera Cleopatra e Cesare
JOHANN ADOLPH HASSE • Sinfonia from the serenata Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra
JOHANN ADOLPH HASSE • Aria of Cleopatra "Un sol tuo sospiro" from the serenata Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra
JOHANN ADOLPH HASSE • Aria of Cleopatra "Morte col fiero aspetto" from the serenata Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra
JOHANN ADOLPH HASSE • Aria of Cleopatra "Quel candido armellino" from the serenata Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra
JOHANN ADOLPH HASSE • Recitative and aria of Cleopatra "Signor, la tua speranza … A Dio trono, impero a Dio" from the serenata Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra
GEORGE F. HANDEL • Sinfonia from the opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto
GEORGE F. HANDEL • Revised recitative and aria of Cleopatra "E pur così in un giorno … lo vò di duolo in duolo" from the opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto
GEORGE F. HANDEL • Aria of Cleopatra "Parolette, vezzi e sguardi" from the opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto
GEORGE F. HANDEL • Aria of Cleopatra "Tu, la mia stella sei" from the opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto
GEORGE F. HANDEL • Aria of Cleopatra "Troppo crudeli siete" from the opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto
GEORGE F. HANDEL • Aria of Cleopatra "Da tempeste" from the opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto

and isn't that a dangerous liaison ???????? 

Hasse's and Graun's rarities in Salzburg?

According to this article in Cecilia is not going to sing a «Handel heroines» concert, but another (and a very interesting one) — with a special programme which includes Hasse's cantata Marc Antonio e Cleopatra and arias from Grauns's opera Cleopatra e Cesare.
Hope it is true.

But no premiere or revival in Zürich in 2012/13

-:(