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».

October 5, 2015

Cecilia & Rolando: programme

The site of the Concertgebouw and that of Nachtigall Artists (Prague) have published the program of the forthcoming Cecilia/Rolando concerts:
  • Mozart
    • Overture from Così fan tutte
    • Si mostra la sorteR
    • Chi sà, chi sà, qual siaC
    • Fra gli amplessi in pochi istanti (from Così fan tutte) — C&R
  • Rossini
    • La Cenerentola — overture
  • Donizetti
    • Inosservato… Angelo casto el bel (from Duca d'Alba) — R
  • Rossini
    • Nacqui allaffano… Non più mesta (from La Cenerentola) — C
  • Donizetti
    • Una parola, Adina… Chiedi allaura lusinghiera (from L’elisir d’amore) — C&R
  • Bellini
    • Concerto for oboe and orchestra in E-flat major
    • Torna, vezzosa FillideR
  • Rossini
    • Overture from La scala di seta
    • Assisa al piè dun salice… Deh calma, o ciel, nel sonno (from Otello) — C
    • Eccomi giunto inosservato… Non arrestare il colpo… Notte per me funesta (from Otello) — C&R

September 23, 2015

Agitata 2015?

Thanks to Thomas who was curious enough to check and find out that the Stockholm programme had changed a bit: the Vivaldi part of the concert now includes «Gelosia», «Sol da te», «Agitata da due venti», «Gelido in ogni vena» and «Sventurata navicella». That's so unexpected.

August 29, 2015

The Cecilia/Villazon concerts get a little preview

It has been posted on the forum before, that Cecilia will release a new CD with Villazon called Treasures of Belcanto. I removed the comment, cause it was mostly wrong.
Cecilia WILL be featured on that album, prerelease on October 2nd, though :

Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. III: Tirana pour deux voix (Les amants de Séville)    4:28    Rolando Villazón, Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino & Marco Armiliato    Treasures of Bel Canto     

You can be the happy owner of that duet using Apple's iTunes Store -:).

August 10, 2015

Daniel Behle and Cecilia: CD and concerts

As esteemed 'Il Tenero Momento' found out: According to Daniel Behle's schedule, he will record a mass by Porpora (November 28, next year) with Cecilia. We had this rumour in 2013 already, now it's coming up again.

July 25, 2015

Little video about the end of Whitsun Festival

Was that by accident that some superfans met her at the same time? :) I'll put it in the video section, too:

>>> Video

July 21, 2015

59-year-old ! Cecilia tells more about her orchestra

>>> Read here.

For the non-German-speakers, the interesting statements:

She wants to do more Renaissance music, espacially Monteverdi, Caccini und Strozzi, with 'Les musiciens du Prince' she starts in 2016, as we already know. She'd love to lead an Italian theatre, but only after first of all firing everybody in it. Concerning Pop music, she is interested in making music with Sting, whom she got to know in a TV-Show, but lost contact to. Apart from classical music, she likes Rock, but in her opinion, since Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, there don't exist any strong groups anymore.

Just found the original interview from Italian newspaper Il Giornale (Milano). Make the effort to translate it in G**gle or elsewhere, it is interesting. The Swiss article is very reduced.

June 12, 2015

Breathe in some Iphigénie

There are two videos about Iphigénie online on Euronews. You can change the language on the top oft the website.

Cecilia Bartoli as Gluck’s tragic heroine

A unique collaboration: Cecilia Bartoli and her duo of directors


May 22, 2015


At next year’s Salzburg Whitsun Festival, Cecilia will sing Maria in West Side Story! Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.

I've summed it up here:


May 15, 2015

Pics from Iphigénie en Tauride online

they have published some pics from rehearsals of Iphigénie.

Quite rough stuff, but I love Cecilia's strong and decided face in the first one.

May 11, 2015

Giulio Cesare 2012 on YOUTUBE and about Le Nozze Figaro 1999

For a little while Giulio Cesare 2012 was available on the internet, ARTE.TV , but no longer.

BUT... it is also on Youtube in 3 parts

I filmed it from PC with my videocamera and if you want that, email me at   Quality obviously not the best but better than nothing.

Did same with  Le Nozze di Figaro 1999 in the MET with also Terfel and Fleming.  This not from the internet but my broken harddiscrecorder (I have 2). Filming it from TV was my only way of making new DVDs.
This is not illegal as it was a TV recording I got from Australia,
English subtitles.

Here's a duet :

May 6, 2015

Cecilia will sing in Brussels with Sunnyboy Dladla and an old interview

On 16 December she will sing in Brussels not with Villazon but South African tenor Sunnyboy Dladla, who sang with Renée Fleming in Cape Town.  Interesting for those who don't like Villazon that much.
He sang in Zurich, which is how they will know him.  , page 55

Start of ticket sale is 19 May for Bozar friends, 26 May for the general public.

And now an old interview of 2011 that I did not find here on this forum:
Very long, an hour !  But in German
If it WAS published here, then now a nice reminder in this "dry" period of not much news.

April 28, 2015

Cecilia widens the range of her work

The Opera of Monte Carlo creates a new ensemble baroque - 'Les Musiciens du Prince' - and appoints Cecilia as its artistic director (contract up to 2021, first concert expected in one year).

Read more about it here.

April 20, 2015

Vienna concert with Juan Diego Florez last weekend

In the previous post about the cancelled USA tour it was mentioned the concert she just contributed to in Vienna.
I thought it better to create a new post about it
Here are pictures:

February 21, 2015

An interesting "Sacrificum" program assembled for the US trip

According to this site, the  program will be :

SCARLATTI: Sonata in E, K.380
PORPORA: "Come nave," aria of Siface from "Siface" (1725)
BROSCHI: “Chi non sente al mio dolore” aria of Epitide from "Merope" (1732)
HANDEL: Passacaglia in G minor and Sarabande in D minor
HANDEL: "Lascia la spina," aria of Piacere from "Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno," HWV 46a
RAUPACH: "O placido il mare," aria of Laodice from "Siroe, re di Persia" (1760)
SCARLATTI: Sonata in C, K.159
MOZART: "Deh, per questo istante," aria of Sesto from "La clemenza di Tito," KV 621 (1791)
MOZART: "Parto, parto," aria of Sesto from "La clemenza di Tito"
HASSE: "Se mai senti spirarti sul volto," aria of Sesto from "La clemenza di Tito" (1738)
HASSE: "Vò disperato a morte," aria of Sesto from "La clemenza di Tito"
LEO: "Venice and Naples:" Allegretto in G minor
MARCELLO: Allegro in G
CALDARA: "Quel buon pastor," aria of Abel from the "componimento sacro" "La morte d’Abel" (1732)
SCARLATTI: Sonata in B, K262, Vivo
VINCI: "Quanto invidio la sorte… Chi vive amante," Recitative and aria of Erissena from "Alessandro nelle Indie" (1730)
PORPORA: "Nobil onda," aria of Adelaide from "Adelaide"(1723)

January 21, 2015

Return to the UK with surprising programme

Cecilia will return to London on Friday 18-12-2015, with a new programme, with arias and duets with Rolando Villazon.
I put this in a new post here as the ticket sale starts very soon and it might not get noticed as easily otherwise:

I guess she will do this with him in more cities, in any case in Amsterdam.


January 15, 2015

Return to the US

Cecilia will return to California in March and April for five concerts -:)

 a quick link -:)

MARCH 2015

21/03/2015  - Santa Monica - Sacrificium - Sergio Ciomei 
23/03/2015  - Costa Mesa - Sacrificium - Sergio Ciomei   
26/03/2015  - Santa Monica - Sacrificium - Sergio Ciomei 
31/03/2015  - Berkeley – Sacrificium - Sergio Ciomei

APRIL 2015

02/04/2015  - Berkeley - Sacrificium - Sergio Ciomei