Cecilica Bartoli Announces Farinelli Album

By Francisco Salazar

Cecilia Bartoli has announced her upcoming album celebrating over three decades on the Decca Classics label.

The mezzo-soprano will release a brand new album commemorating the life and career of the most famous opera singer of the 18th century: the castrato Farinelli. The new album will include arias by Farinelli’s older brother Riccardo Broschi and his teacher and mentor Nicola Porpora.

It  will also feature a new recording of “Alto Giove” from Porpora’s Polifemo, which celebrates Farinelli’s unique capacity to sing long musical phrases and extraordinary high notes. As noted on the press release, “Many arias included on this new release were written specifically for Farinelli, as contemporary composers often developing ground-breaking works with the castrato in mind.”

Bartoli will be joined by the period ensemble Il Giardino Armonico and its conductor Giovanni Antonini, with whom she first collaborated on her Grammy Award-winning Vivaldi album, and again on Sacrificium.

The album is set for release on Nov. 8, 2019.


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