Cecilia Bartoli is in the house!

Sunday, May 27, the Whitsun Festival at Salzburg will be broadcasting a live production of Handel’s “Giulio Cesare.” Bartoli is singing Cleopatra with counter-tenor Andreas Scholl in the title role. It begins at 8:40 pm on the television channel Arte, available around Europe. For the rest of the world it will also be streamed live on their site, liveweb.arte.tv, and will remain available there for another 60 days.

An extraordinary cast has been assembled: Anne Sofie von Otter (Cornelia), Philippe Jaroussky (Sesto), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Jochen Kowalski (Nireno), Ruben Drole (Achillas). Giovanni Antonini conducts the orchestra Il Giardino Armonico. The production is by Moshe Leiser et Patrice Caurier. The cast and production is also scheduled for the Summer festival in Salzburg

Bartoli is in her first year as the director of the Whitsun Festival and, as well as giving herself star status, has just announced she will be singing the title role of Bellini’s Norma next year. The fact that it is one of the grand soprano roles in opera and she is a mezzo has not yet been fully explained.

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