“I have a natural inquisitiveness which loves discoveries, exchanging new ideas with artists who have long been friends and artists whom I have only just discovered, in combinations that often have astonishing and unhoped-for results,” admitted Cecilia Bartoli in a recent interview. Her concert in December 2015 showed just how artistically fruitful this attitude can be: the mezzo-soprano and the tenor Rolando Villazón appeared together in the Berlin Philharmonie, and led the audience through all the ups and downs of human passions in arias, duets, and scenes from operas by Mozart, Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti.
This season, the Italian mezzo-soprano has joined up with an artist who is as inquisitive and adventurous as she is: Sol Gabetta, who is one of the great cellists of our time. In 2014 she made her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker during the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden. But not only that: Together with her brother, the violinist Andrés Gabetta, the cellist has dedicated herself to the performance of Early music – with the Cappella Gabetta, founded in 2010, which performs works of the Baroque and early Classical periods on original instruments. Ideal for creating an unusual project with Cecilia Bartoli: Dolce Duello is the title of their joint programme, in which the two artists enter into a musical contest, presenting Baroque arias for voice and cello.