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Bartoli Hits A High Note With This Album

Cecilia Bartoli's warm, rich vocals are very well displayed here. This CD is great for the beginning opera fan or a "been there" operatic fanatic. Some great songs to listen to are "Caro Mio Ben", both the "Le Nozze Di Figaro" pieces, and "Belta crudele". She displays emotion in her voice very well, and her singing is a delight to listen to. If you enjoy this CD, be sure to check out her others.


Although I know very little about Cecilia Bartoli herself, I am a follower of many of her bautiful songs. It is sad that this album only got 4 reviews, the American public today does not appreciate opera enough whereas we're investing millions of dollars into mainstream music that isn't worth $5.00. Opera singers are the only people I know who would actually deserve that kind of money, but unfortunately, they don't get it. I am 15 years old and I like much of the same music as my grandmother so I've learned to appreciate what music really is. Don't get me wrong, I have my share of trashy mainstream music on my iPod that I find catchy, but I think opera is an actual art whereas mainstream music today is just another way of getting rish quick. I reccomend Ms. Bartoli's music to anyone who has a passion for the opera. In my opinion, she is either the best or one of the top female opera singers in the world. The reason I love Bartoli is her choice of songs to sing (many of which I have sung during my voice lessons) and her ability to hit a series of very high notes starting at a low one. Her ability is absolutely amazing and I hope one day to be able to do half the things that Bartoli can. Also, if you find that you like any of her songs, please, write a review. You don't have to know the woman's life story, it's just nice to know that there are other people who appreciate her music out there.

New appreciation for Opera

Like Olives, fine wines and Trilbies, the appreciation of good Opera (or culture) comes with age. I have begun to tip-toe into the Opera genre, avoiding any crossover or pop-Opera, not so much from snobbery, but the distinct interest in truly sampling another, completely different genre. It must be my maturity (40), but this music is great... I must learn Italian to get the full import -- or maybe not.


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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