May 19, 2018

Next year in Salzburg

..... as you can see in the new and last change of the CBF entry pic.

here is the PDF

May 18, 2018

A very colorful Good Bye to the Forum

Today, L'italiana in Algeri will premiere

It looks like a lot of fun.


 copyright: Monika Rittershaus

May 12, 2018

Cecilia Bartoli Forum September 1st 2010 – May 24th 2018 RIP(rivacy)

There was a time, when the internet was a great place to share information. People with the same interest were able, to communicate freely and with no restrictions other than the use of respect for each other and common sense.
The WWW has come a long way since then and has expanded beyond the imagination of anyone, who stepped into it a decade or two ago.
The big players by now gather informations about us with any click you do, IP addresses, e-mal addresses, locations and everything else get stored, to create a wonderful and fitting way to put advertisements into your browsers and mailboxes, that might entice you, cause they have been tailored after your personal likings.
With the expansion, legal considerations came into place, privacy and data security have become more and more important……at least on the papers.
Pop ups have been developed, to tell you that basically everywhere, your moves in the internet get stored, you are asked to comply and usually, you just click those pop ups away and agree with so many things, you don’t even know of, cause mostly , people don’t spend the time to read privacy policies and data security hints. Pop ups fulfil the law, but do they really give us the choice?

On May 25th 2018  a huge bunch of laws will have to be implemented into our websites: it’s called GDPR and most likely, many people are just about to learn about this, as the big players in the net create even more pop ups, to inform you, what they store and how they use your informations. Again, you click yes and go on.
Companies like Google, facebook, apple, you name them, will just do that and leave it to you, to find the fault in the system.

Interesting enough, the laws have been decided on years ago already and May 25th actually is the last date of implementation. But in the past years, the only thing, that could have made us aware of it were the cookie pop ups, that have been implanted on sites.
The big companies will grow despite a complex package of laws that actually was meant to make the internet safer, to keep your personal data from being misused…. And they will not stop collecting everything, they can get. Facebook managed to add a wonderful little gimmick into your compliance pop ups: the face recognition tool, to find your face in pics in the internet, so you can share them with your millions of friends. And that just after the great scandal they had.  Privacy? Security?

Anyway. There seem to be no clear understanding about the need to implement the GDPR into personal blog. Some consultants say, they are safe without it, some think, it’s only for those, who make money out of it. But what does the law really say?
Google doesn’t give us publishers a list of actions, we should start or tools, to execute them. In the end, we all know that, it’s not us bloggers, but the big companies storing your information. But  that doesn’t stop your liability as a publisher.
And it’s the art of interpretation of the law that makes it difficult for us bloggers to react to the GDPR. After May 25th there will be hundreds and thousands of websites, that won’t comply and they are an easy target for attorneys. The fines can be quite substantial.

I’ve spent the last 10 days or so reading about GDPR and its implications.
From what I read, I’m convinced, that any website, even total private ones (don’t private blogs end, when you publish an official link, that leads you to a ticket box office or to a YouTube video, that has been recorded illegally?) have to implement the GDPR.
That not only means the need to inform about a changed privacy policy or cookies, it also asks us publishers for storage of your information and delivery of all in a readable format like the csv. More so, anyone has the right to ask for deletion or should be able, to delete a comment or a post. Remember, anonymous comments always were possible in the CBF. The list goes on with many details.
All of which I have no time to deal with or to apply to the forum, that is just a little platform for Cecilia Bartoli fans.

Therefore, I have decided to delete the forum on May 24th 2018.

Life without Cecilia is pretty senseless, but a life without the forum is possible! By now, many of us are interlinked, wonderful friendships have developed through our love and admiration of Cecilia and her art. We are not a sinking ship.

I think, we had a great time here and maybe someone will have the time and spend the effort to implement laws that, in my understanding, diminish the openness and easy access to information and the ease of sharing mutual interests.

If you like the forum or want to keep a memory of it, you have time, to download the complete site with tools like the WinHTTracker. It works fine, but creates a file of about 1 GB, so beware of that.

The address cbf(at) will be valid till the deletion of the forum, so feel free to contact me.

All the best to all of you
Klaus T.

May 4, 2018

Question for help from other bloggers - General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

This is a personal post and has nothing to do with Cecilia, but everything with the forum as it is and how it might be affected by the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which seems to be necessary to be implemented into blogs from May 25th, too.
I have no idea about this whole bunch of laws, but realized, it might be possible, to be punished with high fines, if the law shows to be unimplemented into blogs or websites.
Does anyone know about this? Will google change our blogs according to the new laws?
Do we have to change things ourselves?  Are google blogs affected in the first place, being a US american company?

At this point, the only hint on data protection is the quite obtrusive banner, we now get everywhere on websites concerning the use of cookies.
Also, google seems to offer incrypted sites now. Though I have checked the box, this doesn't seem to work on the ceciliabartoliforum.

I would like to get some input from you.

If I won't find a solution, to make this blog EU data safe, I will most likeley delete it eventually (by May 25th that is).

 Klaus T.

March 5, 2018

Fall tour with Vivaldi

So it seems, we have the new season wrapped now : ARIODANTE in Monte Carlo, SEMELE  in Zürich and a couple more VIVALDI concerts are waiting.
And , of course, the big question now is: what's going to be the theme in Salzburg in 2018/19....

December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018

to all of you and, of course, to Cecilia, her family and co-artists.

Here is a nice end of year video :

November 23, 2017

As colorful as the cover!

So, now there is also the LP, also limited in pink. Technically a nice LP to listen to.

November 17, 2017

Interview with Bartoli

I've just put online a short interview (translated from the Italian) where Bartoli talks about singing in the Sistine Chapel (tonight) making her the first woman to do so. Also a couple of questions about God, and Salzburg...

October 20, 2017

surprise surprise

Only one piece are with / for mezzosopran ("Beata viscera Mariae Virginis" from Pérotin)? - for me this release comes as a surprise.
 Veni Domine
Advent & Christmas at the Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel Choir, Massimo Palombella & Cecilia Bartoli

- will be published on October 27, 2017 -

September 3, 2017

CD program

                       Its official now. I got this from a fan, who wants to stay anonymous.

September 2, 2017

It goes on colorful .......

 Here you can register for the new site for the upcoming CD

August 31, 2017


Finally, Decca gets around announcing the new CD :
The announcement comes with a nice short video and the picture above seems to be the final artwork for the cover.
There will be three world premiere recordings. As for the rest, we will have to wait a little bit and see, what else beyond Renato's post about the tour program will reveal.

Realease date in seems to be November 10 .

August 29, 2017

"Dolce duello" Tour program

Dolce Duello
Arie barocche per voce e violoncello

- Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751): "Aure andate e baciate", Air de Zefiro extrait deIl nascimento dell'Aurora (1710)
- Antonio Caldara (1670-1736): "Fortuna e speranza", Air de Emirena extrait de Nitocri (1722)
- Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783): Ouverture de Il Ciro riconosciuto (1736)
- Domenico Gabrielli (1651-1690): "Aure voi de' miei sospiri", Air de Inomenia extrait de San Sigismondo, re di Borgogna (1687)
- Nicola Porpora (1686-1768): "Nobil onda", Air de Adelaide extrait de Adelaide (1723)
- Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759): "What passion cannot Music raise and quell!", Air extrait de Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (1739)
- Carlo Francesco Pollarolo (1653-1723): Ouverture de Ariodante (1718)
- Georg Friedrich Haendel: "Lascia la spina cogli la rosa", Air extrait de Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46A (1757)
- Georg Friedrich Haendel: "Ah, che sol per Teseo ... M'adora l'idol mio", Récitatif et air extrait de Agilea from Teseo, HWV 9 (1713)

* * *

- Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787): Dance of the Furie, extrait de Orfeo ed Euridice (1762)
- Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759): "Son qual stanco pellegrino", Air d’Alceste extrait de Arianna in Creta (1734)
- Hermann Raupach (1728-1778): "O placido il mare", Air de Laodice extrait deSiroe, re di Persia, HWV 24 (1760)
- Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805): Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre no 10, en ré majeur, G 483: Allegro maestoso / Andante lentarello / Allegro e con moto

August 19, 2017

Cecilia on vinyl

I know three vinyl LPs from / with Cecilia Bartoli: Mission (2012), La scala di seta (live, Pesaro, 1989) and Mozart's Requiem (Solti & ViPhi in the Stephansdom 1991).
Does anyone know more vinyl albums? I would be glad about information and hints, because LPs are still the more beautiful album.

August 9, 2017

Dolce Duello available from 06.10.2017?

A reference to the album release can be found on and
Wonderful, if a vinyl LP will be available again!
Decca © Esther Haase

May 28, 2017

Ariodante.............Salzburg 2017

A change of appearance....
it's about time, Cecilia will portray this wonderful role -:).
Impossible, to get enough of Händel's music.


                                                       copyright : Monika Rittershaus

April 4, 2017

Italian interview (translated) with Cecilia about her three homes

I've put a translation online of an Italian interview where Cecilia talks about her homes in Zurich, Salzburg and Rome... plus her Westwood gowns and Malibran collection.

March 13, 2017

The new cover?

On the website in Gstaad there is a very colorful photo for the concert on 31.8.2017 - maybe the new cover for the announced CD? A Screenshot:

February 18, 2017

Piano recitals in Spain — programme

Teatro Real has announced the programme of Cecilia's recitals with Sergio Ciomei this spring:

Caccini: Tu ch'hai le penne, amore
A. Scarlatti: Se Florindo è fedele
Caldara: Selve amiche
Vivaldi: Gelosia, tu già rendi l’alma mia” 
D. Scarlatti: Sonata E-dur, K380 
Händel: “Lascia la spina”
Porpora: “Nobil onda”
Mozart: Parto, ma tu ben mio” 
Mozart: Fantasia d-moll, K397 
Rossini: Or che di fiori adorno
Bellini: Vaga luna
Donizetti: Me voglio fa na casa
Rossini: La danza


Puccini: Piccolo Tango; E l'uccellino; Terra e mare; Casa mia; Avanti Urania; Piccolo valzer; “O mio babbino caro” (from “Gianni Schicchi”)
F. P. Tosti: A vucchella; Aprile; Ninna nanna
St. Donaudy: O del mio amato ben… 
Puccini: Foglio d'album 
E. A. Mario: Santa Lucia luntana
S. Gambardella: Come facete màmmetta?
de Curtis: Cara, ti voglio tanto bene
E. A. Mario: Tammurriata nera
D. Modugno: Nel blu dipinto di blu

January 30, 2017

I wasn't able to attend Cecilia's Rome concert, but here is a translation of a couple of the Italian reviews and an extract from an interview with Bartoli and Pappano: