Cecilia Bartoli and the Sistine Chapel Choir

November 20, 2017

In recent weeks Cecilia Bartoli has broken 500 years of tradition by becoming the first woman to sing with the Sistine Chapel Choir. 

The video clip below shows Cecilia with the all-male choir of the Sistine Chapel singing Beata Viscera, by Renaissance composer Pérotin. The recordings are part of the choirs’ new recordings of music for Advent and Christmas, Veni Domine.

This latest recording marks another wonderfully inventive 'project' from this ever astonishing artist. In the 30 years since making her operatic debut in Verona (1987) she has marked herself out uniquely in the world of late 20th century opera 'superstars', not only giving wonderful live performances on the operatic stage around the world but also in creating unique musical projects amongst her more than 40 CD's.

These projects have covered a vast range of lesser known (and often completely unknown) works including her Vivaldi album (with Il Giardino Armonico in 1999); Gluck (2001); Salieri (2003); Opera Proibita (2005); Maria - a tribute to Maria Malibran (2007); Sacrificium - music of the castrati (2009) through to St Petersburg (2013) music from the court of three 18th century Tsaristas: Anna, Elizabeth and Catherine the Great. 

The new 16-track CD, “Veni Domine: Advent and Christmas at the Sistine Chapel,” is released worldwide this month. The proceeds will go to the poor through the Pope’s charities.

Maestro! Music Lovers travelling to Vienna in December will attend another of her unique projects at the Musikverein when she joins forces with cellist Sol Gabetta for a programme of baroque aria for voice and solo cello. 

Erica Jeal's **** review of the accompanying CD "Dolce Duello" in last Thursday's Guardian said: "In fact, it’s just as serious and thoroughly researched as we’ve come to expect of Bartoli’s projects. She and Gabetta have sought out nearly an hour’s worth of baroque arias in which the solo cello is on an equal footing with the voice, including Handel’s achingly beautiful Ode for St Cecilia’s Day and some athletic numbers by Vivaldi and Albinoni, alongside three arias – by Caldara and Porpora – never before recorded. Gabetta then adds a sparky performance of Boccherini’s Cello Concerto; everything gets supple support from the ensemble led by her violinist brother. Gabetta’s light touch is the ideal foil for Bartoli’s expressive agility, whether the two of them are sparring in separate displays of virtuosity, weaving melancholy webs around each other, or hurtling along in parallel".
Maestro! are proud to have worked for Cecilia Bartoli providing logistical support for many of the tours that accompany these recordings since 2000. 
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