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.