“I must say, this Award is so completely different from all other Prizes and Awards I have received until now. It is a great honour to share it with dear colleagues from the classical business…to be a Laureate together with my very huge idols…this is what makes the Polar Music Prize so unique.“ – Cecilia
'The Polar Music Prize 2016 is awarded to the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli from Rome, Italy. With a vocal range of three octaves and a unique ability to live a role with fullness of expression, Cecilia Bartoli has developed song as an art form. Cecilia Bartoli has spellbound audiences in the world's great opera houses, but is not content with the well-known repertoire. She has also dug deeply into the history of music and presented long-lost music from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries that is completely new to today’s audiences. Cecilia Bartoli adds new chapters to the history of music, builds bridges between centuries and deepens our understanding of Europe's cultural heritage. Cecilia Bartoli shows us that raised voices can change the world.'
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The Polar Music Prize celebrates the power and importance of music and Cecilia joins a list of iconic names including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Gilberto Gil, Pink Floyd, Paul Simon and Patti Smith.Back to News »