April 14, 2003
Cecilia Bartoli, opera's best known mezzo-soprano, and one who is known for
making (too) few world-wide concert appearances, will perform a series of
recitals on a cruise ship this summer. What makes Bartoli's stints --
appearances onboard Silversea's Silver Shadow -- an anomaly isn't just that
one of music's superstars is performing on a cruise ship -- the days when
the world's hottest performers entertained as they sailed the seas has long
been replaced by more anonymous fare -- but that her presence will stretch
beyond a performance.
Bartoli first hooked up with Silversea last year. The diva hates to fly,
according to a source there, and thought a Silversea transatlantic
repositioning (from Europe to the U.S.) was a neat way to make the trip.
During that sailing, she hosted cocktail parties, posed for photo
opportunities, dined with passengers, mingled with guests, participated in
impromptu encounters and, oh yeah, gave a concert onboard.
This year's arrangement's a little different. Ms. Bartoli will make special
appearances in June and July on four voyages in the Mediterranean and Black
Sea; three are "recital" cruises, where she'll perform in Silver Shadow's
intimate 382-seat theater while the last is a q&a (she's resting her voice).
On the three recital voyages Bartoli will be accompanied by renowned Swiss
baritone Oliver Widmer.