Cecilia Bartoli gets her own opera house

Cecilia Bartoli gets her own opera house


norman lebrecht

February 28, 2021

Opera de Monte-Carlo has named the Italian mezzo as its new artistic director from 2023.

Jean-Louis Grinda, director of Opera de Monte-Carlo, says he is ‘appointing a woman who is extraordinarily skilled, an artist who has left her mark on the history of the opera.’

More than any singer in her generation, Cecilia is making a painless transition from performer to manager.



  • Paul Dawson says:

    All good wishes to her on her new career, but I wonder if she knows what she’s letting herself in for?

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Brava, Cecilia! In bocca al lupo!

  • You gotta have......friends. says:

    She will be running La Scala by 2030.

  • Save the MET says:

    So she is now going from tax haven to tax haven. (ie: Zurich to Monte Carlo) Certainly a better temperate climate.

  • Tiredofitall says:

    Brava to Ms. Bartoli…I’ve always admired her career trajectory. She knows her mind. As they say, “Watch this space”…

  • John Borstlap says:

    It’s a gamble, nothing unusual in Monte Carlo.

  • Peter Hof says:

    To say that she has made history in opera is really an overstatement: she has barely/not at all sung in the most important houses (ROH, Met, Paris, Vienna etc) as her voice is so incredibly small.
    Ok, she made history by recording baroque, some of which was never recorded, so you can’t even compare it with someone else in order to see what mark she has really left… Good luck to her being an intendant – it is surely good to have friends in this business (too bad one of them is Pereira..).

    • Tiredofitall says:

      She may prefer substance over size…quality over quantity. As for recording, she may be one of the more recorded singers of her generation. Opera exists outside of New York, London, Paris, and Vienna.