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Bartoli reminds me that a truly great singing actress doesn't need the title of "soprano" or "mezzo-soprano". When she sings Amina you can't imagine anyone else doing it (and this is coming from a total Joan Sutherland groupie)! Her voice is rich but delicate, not to mention sweet & flexible as it caresses every nuance down to the last syllable. Not a note is out of place. Juan Diego Florez is a dream as Elvino, and the two of them together should make Netrebko and Villazon watch out. From beginning to end, this recording is pure tonal charm, excitement and energy. Bravo to everyone involved in making this album! Hats off, once again, to Bartoli!

Yes for Bartoli / No for Dessay

Cecilia Bartoli by far is the most exquisite Mezzo on the market of classical music. I have never heard a woman with a voice with such agility and at the same time the power of a pure vibrato. I have long been an admirer of Bartoli and she never seems to disappoint!!

Bellini: La Sonambula

What a revelation. Before I wondered why Bellini wrote two soprano roles for this opera. Now we can hear how the roles were probably sung in the 1830's. I love Callas and Sutherland in this role and have their albums, but this is now my favorite. She is a true contralto, with a strong low E natural and it doesn't sound chesty, very dark, stygian as I usually say usually. She reminds me of Marian Anderson. There is another plus to this album - Juan Diego Florez. True coloratura tenors are to come by. They are fabulous together. If you can get beyond the inane libretto and love this opera, This is a must for your collection.


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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