Wishing a very happy fiftieth birthday to the remarkable mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli!

A favorite visitor to Chicago, Bartoli made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in February 1992, during Daniel Barenboim‘s first season as music director. She appeared in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Così fan tutte, in semistaged productions (directed by Christopher and David Alden with costumes designed by Oscar de la Renta) presented in rotating repertory along with the composer’s Don Giovanni.

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Image above: Cecilia Bartoli and Daniel Barenboim on Opening Night, September 25, 1998 (Dan Rest photo)