Cecilia Bartoli cancels West Coast tour

Cecilia Bartoli cancels West Coast tour
Cecilia Bartoli, seen in 2003, has canceled concert dates that included a stop at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Cecilia Bartoli, the famed operatic mezzo-soprano, has canceled her upcoming West Coast tour that was scheduled to kick off this month at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica and take her to venues in Orange County and Berkeley.

Organizers of the tour said in an announcement on Friday that they were informed by Universal Music Arts & Entertainment, or U-Live, "that regrettably due to unforeseen circumstances, Cecilia Bartoli must cancel her scheduled appearances in California this month and next."


When reached by phone, a representative for U-Live said he was unable to elaborate on the reasons behind the cancellation. But he said that Bartoli has provided the venues an alternative period of June 2016 to reschedule the tour.

The representative said that Bartoli, who is based in Switzerland and Italy, is sensitive to ticket holders being inconvenienced by the cancellation.

Bartoli told The Times in January that the program was to focus primarily on Baroque works culled in large part from her 2009 Grammy Award-winning album "Sacrificium," in which she sings works originally intended to be performed by castrati.

The singer's tour dates were March 21 and 26, at the Broad; March 23, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa; and March 31 and April 2, at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley.

Ticket holders to either the Broad Stage appearances or the Segerstrom Center performance will be able to get a refund or a credit toward another show, according to a joint Broad Stage and Philharmonic Society of Orange County statement.

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