- Zelmira, opera: Riedi
- Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo, cantata for 3 sopranos, 2 tenors, chorus & orchestra: Ah, non potrian resistere
- Maometto II, opera: Giusto ciel, in tal periglio
- La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera: Tanti affetti in tal momento
- Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, opera: Quant'è grato all'alma mia
- Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, opera: Fellon, la pena avrai
- Maometto II, opera: Ah! che invan su questo ciglio
- Semiramide, opera: Serena i vaghi rai... Bel raggio lusinghier
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Every age needs great singers to keep alive great operas. In our day, the artist on whom many hopes have come to rest is the young Roman mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli. Although still in the opening years of what will hopefully be a long career, she is already swamped by hype and pursued by the criticism adulation often provokes. This is a shame, for as this CD readily demonstrates, she is a bigger, more challenging singer than either side in the Bartoli Debate often recognizes. Much is made of her warmth and charm, little of which are in evidence here, for she is totally caught up in the fiery daring of Rossini, her master composer and one she has already made her own. With an inspiration that sounds almost compulsive, she surrenders her voice voluptuously to the somber Classical poetry of the grave "Giusto Ciel," from "Maometto Secondo." A few tracks later, the awesome "Bel raggio lusinghier" from "Semiramide" is rendered with a velocity that's exhilarating, even after repeated hearings. Whatever this highly scrutinized career achieves in the future, Bartoli has already notched one great album -- more than can be said for many older, more sedate singers.