Sergio Ciomei, piano
March 31 and April 2, 2015
Nearly 25 years after making her West Coast debut with Cal Performances, the beloved Cecilia Bartoli returns in a rare recital for which critics and audiences alike have been clamoring. "A celebrity of incomparable stature" (Washington Post), the famed Italian mezzo-soprano has indisputably been one of the leading artists in the field of classical music, breathing new life into forgotten gems while setting the standard for masterworks. For the first time in the US, Bartoli sings from one of her most acclaimed albums, Sacrificium, celebrating the art of the castrati during their golden age in the 18th century.
Returning to Berkeley for her tenth concert on Cal Performances' stages, Bartoli concludes a three-stop tour with her trademark dynamism, delivering vocal acrobatics with nuanced emotion.
In association with U-Live/Universal Music Arts and Entertainment, London.
Program notes are available approximately 1-2 days before the performance.
Cecilia Bartoli talks about uncovering the extraordinary world of the 'Castrati', and the glorious music they inspired.