NEWSbytes - Oct'99 “When I realized that it would be more than a year before I was scheduled to return to America, I made the decision to change my plans. What better way to start the new century than to sing in the country which I love so much and which has been so important in my career!"
A millennium date with Cecilia Bartoli...
in Irvine, CA.
on January 12, 2000
Blame the FLU! Bartoli sick!
US Tour Postponed.

one of only three U.S. recitals

Presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Tickets: $250 - available October 1999
In her first Southern California appearance since 1995 Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli performs one of only three U.S. recitals scheduled this season on Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at 7 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

She will sing an all-Vivaldi program with the 15-member period instrument ensemble Il Giardino Armonico in this Southern California exclusive appearance - her first since 1995, when the Philharmonic Society presented her at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The program includes selections from the composer’s operas, which are far less well known than his popular instrumental music. Although Vivaldi is said to have written more than 90 operas, most of them have been lost; only about 20 survive, and of those only Giustino has been published. To cull material for the album, Bartoli spent months corresponding with musicologists and researching arias from the manuscripts of over a dozen Vivaldi operas. Here was a composer whose music seemed written just for her. Many of the arias Bartoli has chosen have not been heard since the 18th century. Her program in Orange County will include Di due rai languir costante and Siam navi from L’Olimpiade; Dite, ohim´┐Ż from Giustino; Agitata da due venti from Griselda; Zeffiretti che sussurate and Gelido in ogni vena from Farnace; Anche il mar par che sommerga from Bajazet; and three orchestral pieces.

Il Giardino Armonico, founded in Milan in 1985, is one of the world's preeminent Italian baroque ensembles. Performing on period instruments, the ensemble specializes in 17th- and 18th-century Italian composers.
It will definitely be a treat to hear Bartoli's exquisite voice in the intimate setting of the 750-seat Irvine Barclay Theater. It is the only place in North America where Bartoli will perform to an audience of less than a thousand. On January 9, 2000 at 3 p.m., Bartoli and Il Giardino Armonico will also perform at the Zellerbach Hall under the auspices of Cal Performances at UC Berkeley. An additional North American recital will be announced later this year.

Tickets for this Cecilia Bartoli performance are $250. Philharmonic Society members and subscribers have exclusive ticket purchasing privileges from 10 a.m. October 6 through Monday, October 18, 1999. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, October 19 at 10 a.m.

For more information call the Philharmonic Society at (949) 553-2422 or visit online at
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