16 Songs, 1 Hour, 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Parental Advisory stickers weren't an option in 1701, so Pope Clement XI censored public performance in Rome with an outright ban on opera. Rather than sit around for ten years waiting for the trouble to blow over, Handel, Scarlatti, and Caldara turned their attention to dramatic oratorios, composing scores of religious works that were operas in all but name. Continuing her tradition of scrupulously researched and imaginatively programmed collections, Cecilia Bartoli's Opera Proibita presents virtuosic arias from this unique period in the musical history of her native city. Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre provide riveting accompaniment to Bartoli's astonishingly flexible and musical voice. The album comes with a comprehensive digital booklet that provides fascinating insight into the world of “forbidden opera.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Parental Advisory stickers weren't an option in 1701, so Pope Clement XI censored public performance in Rome with an outright ban on opera. Rather than sit around for ten years waiting for the trouble to blow over, Handel, Scarlatti, and Caldara turned their attention to dramatic oratorios, composing scores of religious works that were operas in all but name. Continuing her tradition of scrupulously researched and imaginatively programmed collections, Cecilia Bartoli's Opera Proibita presents virtuosic arias from this unique period in the musical history of her native city. Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre provide riveting accompaniment to Bartoli's astonishingly flexible and musical voice. The album comes with a comprehensive digital booklet that provides fascinating insight into the world of “forbidden opera.”

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5:25
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5:53
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7:22
3:38

About Cecilia Bartoli

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 Ricciarelli and baritone Leo Nucci. A subsequent Parisian performance caught the attention of the famed conductor Daniel Barenboim, who became one of Bartoli's most vocal supporters; a television special filmed for the BBC's South Bank Show introduced her to mainstream audiences, and in the summer of 1990 she made her New York debut at the Mostly Mozart festival. Bartoli regularly toured the U.S. in the years to follow, additionally making her Paris debut in 1991 in The Marriage of Figaro followed by her La Scala bow in Le Comte Ory. She returned to New York in the spring of 1996 to make her Metropolitan Opera debut in Cosi Fan Tutte. Bartoli also bolstered her fame by regularly touring concert halls as a solo performer; her extensive recorded discography includes 1991's Mozart Arias, 1993's Grammy-winning The Impatient Lover, 1996's Chant d'amour and 1999's In Paradisium. ~ Jason Ankeny

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