Cecilia Bartoli mezzo-soprano
Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco
After Norma, the opera world's best-loved mezzo-soprano returns to Paris for a one-night-only recital devoted to Handel's heroines
What can we say that has not already been said about the Italian diva? Over the last 20 years, she has successfully mastered every repertoire she has ever tackled. We have seen and heard her in Vivaldi, Rossini and, more recently, Bellini, and she has since long gained extensive experience with Handel, whose vocal fabric and roles seem to be tailored for her talent, which is just as impressive in cantabile passages as in bravura fireworks. Several of her best-known roles were premiered at the Zurich Opera House or the Salzburg Festival, including her moving Alcina, her masterful Cleopatra and her sensuous Semele. Let's hope that one day the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées will have the pleasure of hosting her in one of these roles. This evening, though, a selection of the finest Handel arias for the sheer pleasure of it...