Cecilia Bartoli © Uli Weber | Decca

Cecilia Bartoli

World-famous names on the festival program

Since more than two decades, Cecilia Bartoli is one of the leading artists within the classical genre. She sold more than ten million audio and video recordings worldwide and therefore currently best-selling artist. She received numerous international awards like 5 Grammys, 10 Echos and 1 Bambi, 2 Classical Brit Awards and the Victoire de la Musique, etc. Therefore any performances and recording projects are always eagerly awaited.


In 2012 Cecilia Bartoli became artistic director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Her celebrated stage debut as Norma in 2013 (Giovanni Antonini conducted the Orchestra La Scintilla) was one of her most important milestones in her career. In her earlier years she also performed at prestigious opera houses and festivals such as the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera HouseCovent GardenLa Scala Milan, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Zurich Opera as well as the Théatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.


Born in Rome Cecilia Bartoli always had the wish to make music. Her mother, Silvana Bazzoni, gave her singing lessons and remained her only teacher. Famous conductors like Daniel BarenboimRiccardo MutiHerbert von Karajan or Nikolaus Harnoncourt sought to work with her at an early stage in her career.