Picks and Pans Review: Mozart Portraits

UPDATED 02/06/1995 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/06/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

Cecilia Bartoli

Over the course of this, her seventh solo album, Cecilia Bartoli, the 28-year-old mezzo-soprano, can be coy, repentant, scornful, shy, but behind every role lies the self-confidence of a five-star general. Maybe it's the bred-in-the-bone training she received from her opera singer mother—her father is a singer too—in her native Rome, or her brief, late-teens excursion into flamenco dance. But every syllable of these Mozart arias, from Cost fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, plus the little-heard cantata, Davidde penitente, and the crowd-pleasing Exsultate, jubilate, is infused with life. All this—and a smile that could melt icebergs—makes Bartoli seem destined for the sort of stardom accorded a once-in-a-generation soprano. (London)

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