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Brisk and indulgent

Some of this recording is brisk, almost too fast, and yet in other places the conductor indulges Bartoli in her carefully-paced expressive moments. Altogether, it's a fascinating, although sometimes annoying, version. It's full of a lot of interesting ideas that will challenge those of us used to a more "traditional" approach. The irony is that this may be more authentic than those recordings done by our favorite sopranos -- Callas, Sutherland and Caballe. So be warned-- this will delight and infuriate at the same time. The strength of the whole account is that it is never boring.

Classical Pundit

Just listen to the Maria Callas version of the Casta Diva and you will immediately realize what an inferior version of this. Bartoli is great but should stick to the Mozart repertoire and leave Norma to the true masters.


Born: June 4, 1966 in Rome, Italy

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli was among the most popular figures in contemporary opera, wowing audiences and critics alike with her rich, gentle vocals and expressive three-and-a-half octave range. A native of Rome born June 4, 1966, Bartoli was the daughter of opera singers, and her mother, Silvana Bazzoni, was her first and only vocal instructor. She made her professional debut at age nine, and at 19 rocketed to fame in the wake of a star-making Italian television appearance opposite soprano Katia...
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