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A superb comic cast revel in the knockabout plot and excel in their delivery of Rossini’s trademark vocal writing. Bartoli, “the passionate powerhouse of bel canto”, gives a thrilling performance with “breakneck coloratura in endless variation” (NZZ Online)

Cecilia Bartoli stars in this ebullient Zurich Opera House production of Rossini’s first French-language comedy opera described by the international press as “pure, unadulterated fun” and reminds us of her comic gifts and her naturalness as a stage actor — as well as her total sympathy with the music of Rossini.

Released in anticipation of Cecilia Bartoli’s 2014 Whitsun Festival at Salzburg “Rossinissmo” and in time for her appearance at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris in April 2014 as Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello.

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Cecilia Bartoli’s voice continues to be capable of infinite nuances, whether in coloratura passage-work, in her tender tremulousness, heart-stopping entreaties or weary lamentations. With disarming honesty she pushes herself to her very limits, and in her search for unconditional truth, she even accepts the occasional note of strain. It remains one of the greatest achievements by any female artist in this or any other operatic age.

(Die Welt / Hamburger Abendblatt - Manuel Brug)

It must have been around 9 o’clock that the outside world ceased to exist for Zurich’s opera-goers, when they submitted to Cecilia Bartoli’s singing. Her “Aaaaaaaaaaaah!” went straight to the soul. With “Ah! mio cor! schernito sei!” Alcina poured out her tearful lament, a universe of anguish within a single line! And in addition the figure of this Italian operatic heroine, this look in Cecilia Bartoli’s eyes that bears a thousand crosses!

(Aargauer Zeitung - Christian Bergzins)