Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli on a bald 'Mission' to shock

By Douglas MacCutcheon,

On Mission, Cecilia Bartoli’s most recent album, released at the end of 2012, the opera celebrity rediscovers the little-known late-Renaissance composer Agostino Steffani, and goes bald in the process. The album cover provocatively shows Bartoli dressed in a habit, impersonating the hairless 17th century composer-bishop
Steffani
, who was also a diplomat, as well as rumored to be a political spy.

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