With the third ‘clue' at the end of the new Cecilia Bartoli Youtube video we are rewarded with a (gorgeous) 90 second clip of “Ogni core può sperar”, an aria from Agostino Steffani's opera Servio Tullio. So we certainly guessed correctly in the last update.
However, is Mission an album of arias by Steffani, or is he one of the composers featured? As Bartoli has already said that the new recording would be “on the wonderful music of a forgotten composer who led a secretive life” it suggests a single composer, but though this might be the core of the cd, there's no reason why contemporaries can't be featured, or even a few arias by other composers with a mission.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.