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Big voice, big heart

Updated: 2013-10-11 07:48
By Chen Jie (China Daily)

Big voice, big heart

Italian soprano Cecilia Bartoli loves baroque and pre-romantic music because she began her career with Rossini, Mozart and Handel.

One woman, who was leaving with her signed album happily, was called back by Bartoli because she drew one "heart" instead of two.

After the albums were sold out, dozens of fans only had tickets or brochures in their hands, and she signed them all.

That is not all.

A young man went to her and said he would be going for an audition the next day and hoped Bartoli could hear him sing. His request took her by surprise and she asked, "Do you mean you want to sing here and now?" Her agent tried to say no. But looking at the young man's earnest eyes, the diva said, "Why not?"

She was on such a high after the concert that she told China Daily, "The energy I got from the concert will kill me forever."

"It's unique, unique," she said of the concerts two days later at the Peninsular Hotel Beijing. She was still so excited that she could not find the words to describe her feelings.

Bartoli got a bad cold and fever before she traveled to Beijing.

"But I just so have wanted to perform here for a long time. I did not want to cancel the concert. "For me it is important to discover the country, to meet the young audience here."

Even though she had high expectations for the concert, she did not expect the concert to turn out like a "rock concert".

The audience started to scream when she walked onto the stage. They brought down the house after every song. She sang three encores but still could not calm the audience's thunderous applause and had to sing Rossini's Canzonetta spagnuola again. She played the tambourine, danced and snapped, just like a flamingo queen. Rossini's Spanish tune came alive in her performance.


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