Salzburg, 13 August 2018 – Cecilia Bartoli has today unveiled a series of new projects with Decca Classics, celebrating 30 years on the label. In a nod to the past, present and future of her collaboration with Decca, Bartoli has announced her first ever catalogue box set of Rossini recordings, a brand new Vivaldi album, and a new label ‘Mentored by Bartoli’ to nurture outstanding artists – starting with the debut recording of Mexican tenor Javier Camarena.

Each of the three projects was revealed as part of an event at the Haus für Mozart in Salzburg – the city where Bartoli signed her first Decca contract on 15 August 1988 and a place which is dear to her heart as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Javier Camarena also performed during the launch, captivating those present with a selection of opera arias by Manuel García, which appear on his debut album ‘Contrabandista’.

Dr. Alexander Buhr, Managing Director of the Decca Classical Label Group, says, “A label is an empty shell without the great artists that define it. Cecilia Bartoli has been a guiding light and artistic driving force on Decca for the last three decades. We are deeply thankful for her trust and commitment to our label and look forward to many more musical adventures to come.”

The Rossini Edition

Release date: 21st September

For her very first box set, Cecilia Bartoli turns to the composer who has been at the forefront of her illustrious career since her professional debut in Il Barbiere di Siviglia aged 19: Gioachino Rossini. Bartoli brings together her complete recorded repertoire from Rossini’s oeuvre in a beautiful, limited edition set of 15 CDs and 6 DVDs, marking 150 years since the composer’s death. It includes a previously unreleased recording of Salvatore Sciarrino’s orchestration of Giovanna d’Arco cantata with Riccardo Chailly, rediscovered in the Decca archives.

Cecilia Bartoli says, “My head spins when I see this large collection of CDs and DVDs reissued in remembrance of Rossini’s 150th death day – indeed, this music reflects my entire career and my growing up as an artist. I realise that through all the work I did over the past 30 years, Rossini remained a faithful friend and I love him more than ever.”

From her earliest recordings and performances, Cecilia Bartoli has brought spirit and passion to Rossini’s leading roles, not to mention an exemplary coloratura technique. She has steered a new-wave revival for Rossini’s music through her scholarly, intuitive, and above all, fun performances of some of the most challenging works ever written for the mezzo voice. The box is released in collaboration with Fondazione Rossini.

Antonio Vivaldi

Release date: 16th November

Almost 20 years after her landmark Vivaldi album, Cecilia Bartoli turns to the composer once again for her brand new solo recording. It is a glorious collection of Vivaldi arias, performed with French baroque orchestra Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi.

Cecilia Bartoli’s 1999 recording ‘The Vivaldi Album’ shone a spotlight on the Italian as a composer of vocal works, sparking a revival in the operas of Vivaldi, who had hitherto been primarily known for his concerti. The album sold 700,000 copies in five years and went Gold in six countries. It paved the way for similarly trailblazing releases, including the Italian arias of Christoph Willibald Gluck, the legendary castratos (on the album ‘Sacrificium’) and Bartoli’s personal 19th-century hero, the mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran.

Mentored by Bartoli – Javier Camarena debut album ‘Contrabandista’

Release date: 5th October

An exclusive Decca artist for 30 years, Cecilia Bartoli continues to innovate in her approach to recordings. A new sub-label with Decca Classics called ‘Mentored by Bartoli’ is launched which aims to support and oversee new recordings by exceptional artists. Produced by the Cecilia Bartoli Music Foundation and released by Decca, the first album in this series is ‘Contrabandista’ by Javier Camarena – the celebrated Mexican tenor making his mark at opera houses around the world.

For his debut on the new label, Camarena delves deep into the life and music of legendary Spanish tenor, composer and impresario, Manuel García – father of the great opera singer Maria Malibran, whose music was explored by Bartoli on her 2007 album, ‘Maria’. Camarena has recorded a collection of García’s works, including three world premiere recordings, alongside arias by Rossini and Zingarelli. Camarena also teams up with Bartoli for a stunning duet from Rossini’s Armida. They are joined by period-instrument orchestra ‘Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco’ and conductor Gianluca Capuano.

Cecilia Bartoli says, “When I was a very young singer, I had the incredible good fortune to be given a recording contract — for my artistic development and for my career this was surely a decisive element. I feel happy and grateful that through my Foundation we are able to provide young artists with the necessary conditions under which they can work on their repertoire, review their interpretation, their technique and put it on record for the future.”

Cecilia Bartoli’s three new projects are a testament to her passion for music-making at the highest level and the desire to support a new generation of artists. As she celebrates a remarkable 30-year partnership with Decca, it seems fitting that she looks to the past, present and future to cement her position as one of the most astounding artists of a generation.


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