Yesterday, before Cecilia Bartoli’s highly anticipated concert at the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall in St Peterburg tomorrow evening, she gave a press conference alongside Valery Gergiev who will conduct the programme of Mozart and Rossini arias.
Bartoli’s famed avoidance of flying (air-conditioning bad for the voice and jet-lag bad for the body) surprised many:
Well, I’ve just arrived — and in a very peculiar way because I decided to take a ship. And I wanted to see the sea with all the ice… This is something for a Roman. I mean, we never have snow in Rome (well, last winter yes — for the first time in fifty years probably). And then, to come here: the ship crossing and cutting the ice.… [continue reading]