Cecilia Bartoli (photo: Kristian Schuller)

Farinelli and his Time

When the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli comes to Berlin, she always brings musical gems with her: for this concert, virtuoso arias that delighted the noble court societies of Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and which are well worth rediscovering. She is accompanied by Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco, a Baroque ensemble that impresses with its flexibility and rich range of timbres.

Cecilia Bartoli mezzo-soprano

Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco

Gianluca Capuano direction

Music by Nicola Porpora, Johann Adolph Hasse, George Frideric Handel and Leonardo Leo

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Cecilia Bartoli loves to change registers as well as her roles and express a broad palette of emotions – from intimately tender to raging. “Music is like fireworks,” she says, “you don’t know exactly where the voice is going, where the instruments are taking it.” She continues: “The stage is a world of every human feeling; on the stage you are vulnerable, strong, you cry and laugh. You have every feeling and share them with the audience, from which you draw incredible energy. ... This is an ideal way to fly, and music takes you along into this incredible dimension.” The mezzo-soprano, who has recently collaborated primarily with well-known ensembles specializing in historical performance practice, has been one of the absolute top stars on the classical music scene for more than twenty years: with a dark, rich timbre of stirring beauty, thrilling dramatic talent, extraordinary musicality and an electrifying stage presence.

She has tirelessly combed through remote libraries in order to find musical treasures that have been lost or unjustly forgotten. She presents the fruits of this work during a concert in which she follows in the footsteps of the castrato Farinelli, who thrilled all of Europe with his virtuosic singing in the 18th century. During her appearance at the Philharmonie, Cecilia Bartoli will be accompanied by the early music ensemble Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco, for which the dynamic singer brought together acclaimed musicians playing on period instruments and since then has led them from one success to the next as artistic director.

Cecilia Bartoli (photo: Kristian Schuller)