Cecilia Bartoli rehearses with Daniel Barenboim at La Scala for her comeback concert tomorrow

As I write, is rehearsing with Daniel Barenboim and the  Orchestra in the Milanese theatre. Tomorrow marks her comeback to the theatre after an absence of nearly 20 years. Although riding high on the success of her new disc Mission (over 10 million copies already sold, and Christmas sales are likely to be strong) she must nevertheless have some apprehension about how tomorrow’s concert will be received.

There will certainly be a strong contingent of fans – the online tickets were sold out in minutes – however the main body of the audience are season ticket holders who didn’t choose to hear Bartoli, and the Milanese audience can be famously harsh.

Bartoli is bringing a programme of her greatest hits, such as Handel’s Lascia la spina, though by including Mozart’s Exultate, jubilate and ’s Non più mesta from Cenerentola, she’s certainly not taking the easy route either. Gramilano will be reporting back tomorrow…

Illustration of Cecilia Bartoli as Norma by Carlo Orlandi. She is dressed as Giuditta Pasta in the famous painting which hangs in Teatro alla Scala’s museum.




  1. lehman88 says

    The talent of this “mezzo soprano”is not high on my list of enrhusiasms but if it is true she is bringing decent music to new audiences ,well and good. For me me there is a high degree of superficiality and calculation.
    Can it be true that MIssion has sold 10 million copies or is that just publicity?

  2. says

    As much as I’d love to see my favorite artists live, distractions/annoyances like boo’ers are enough to keep me at home listening to my recordings.
    It’s sad because I know recordings don’t support artists’ livelihoods — I CAN”T WAIT for online live performances to get properly monetized on the web!

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