This is from January Opera Magazine.
Luca Pisaroni is complaining about Italian singers. "In Italy, a singer sings only opera and some Verdi Requiem. Show me an Italian recitalist!"
Anna Caterina Antonacci?
"She lives in Paris."
"Bartoli's a rock star! There is nobody like Bartoli in the business. I adore Cecilia because she has a passion about what she does that nobody else has. To come up with these programmes, it's not easy. I wish everybody had the passion she has about older repertoire, to research, to find the material--she's a rock star, it's a fact."
This came in the mail years ago postmarked Roma. I am posting it in honor of the 20th anniversary of my instant infatuation with Cecilia. She's my rock star, too.