Cecilia Bartoli, © DECCA/Uli Weber
The Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli (born 4 June 1966, Rome) is an opera singer and recitalist. She is best-known for her Mozart and Rossini roles as well as for her performances of lesser-known Baroque and Classical music. Bartoli is considered a coloratura mezzo-soprano (Koloratur-Mezzosopran), with a highly individual timbre which she uses to great vocal and dramatic effect. Though her timbre is quite dark, her tessiture is comparatively higher than those of other mezzos and therefore some speculate that she is a 'soprano sfogato'. She is one of the most popular (and one of the top-selling) opera singers of recent years.