The circle foyer of the modern Bridgewater Hall in Manchester
In addition to performing in "conventional" opera, Cecila Bartoli has devoted her career to exploring and performing the works of lesser-known and forgotten composers. For example, in the last concert that I attended she sang some compositions of Antonio Salieri that may not have been publicly heard for 200 years.
Currently, Cecilia Bartoli is performing the music of a number of compositions for the voices of the castrati in a programme called Sacrificium, a word that reflects the sacrifice of some 4000 boys that used to be mutilated in Italy every year during the 1770s onwards.
"Due to their superhuman physical nature, their unusually thorough training and their immense talent, you might say that what these singers sang was probably some of the best music written at the time. Since it stretches the limits of your own abilities it bis also a great personal challenge for a modern interpreter - especially a woman". Cecilia Bartoli
Cecilia Bartoli sings to the accompaniment of the
Basel Chamber Orchestra (leader Jülia Schröder)
Trio Concerto for mezzo-soprano and two flutes
Cecilia Bartoli sings a flamboyant encore
Cecilia Bartoli had her devoted audience in tears with her
sensitive rendering of Handel's Lascia la spina
Leave the thorn, Pluck the rose;
You are seeking your own sorrow.
An unseen hand will bring you
Hoary old age
Ere your heart imagines.