The 'Sacrificium' project will tell the story of the castrati in all its complexity; its beauty, glamour, controversy and cruelty. The album focuses on the Neapolitan school, which produced superstar castrati including Farinelli and Caffarelli. 'The age of the castrati' inspired some of the most virtuosic repertoire ever written for the human voice; elaborate coloratura showpieces and beautiful slow arias, written for the extraordinary vocal abilities of the leading castrati. Following the international success of Opera Proibita, Cecilia Bartoli uncovers more lost jewels of baroque music, with an album almost entirely composed of World Premiere recordings. For the first time since their record-breaking Vivaldi Album, Cecilia Bartoli is reunited with leading Italian period instrument ensemble Il Giardino Armonico and their director Giovanni Antonini.
Siface: Act 2. Scene 4. Come nave in mezzo all'onde
Sedecia: Profezie, di me diceste
Berenice: Cadr•, ma qual si mira
Germanico in Germania: Act 2. Scene 8. Parto, ti lascio, o cara
Siface: Act 2. Scene 14. Usignolo sventurato
Demofoonte: Act 3. Scene 4. Misero pargoletto
Semiramide riconosciuta: Act 3. Scene 4. In braccio a mille furie
Zenobia in Palmira: Act 2. Scene 7. Qual farfalla
Adelaide: Nobil onda
Adriano in Siria: Act 2. Scene 6. Deh, tu bel Dio d'amore ... Ov'Š il mio bene?
Farnace: Chi temea Giove regnante
La morte d'Abel figura di quella del nostro Redentore: Part 1. Quel buon pastor son io