I have always thought that one of the great secrets of the astounding success of Cecilia Bartoli was her ability to construct a program. Who knew Vivaldi was this interesting? So she proves it year after year in Salzburg.
Here is a photo from L’italiana in Algeri this season. Rossini was fascinated by the culture clash between Italian women and moslem culture. Here is this year's program for the whole festival which is going on now.
Here is next year's program which is all about castrati and features five of the top countertenors: Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, Yuriy Mynenko, Christophe Dumaux and Franco Fagioli. The operas are Handel's Alcina and Porpora's Polifemo, as well as an oratorio by Caldara composed for Farinelli called La Morte d'Abel. Every singer in the genre will be there.
You were wondering if she still had it.