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Cecilia Bartoli
Naples' Baroque glory
Naples' Baroque glory

Naples, Italy — The ticket taker on the train from Rome had to shout to get my attention. I was staring out the window, iPod cranked up high, the divine voice of Cecilia Bartoli pouring Baroque soap bubbles into my ears. "Sacrificium," the Italian mezzo-soprano's most recent CD, is a collection of arias written for the castrati singers of 17th and 18th century Europe. I had been listening to it for weeks and had finally decoded its message: "Come to Naples." Here the Italian Baroque came to a stupendous crescendo with the art of painters Luca Giordano and Jusepe de Ribera (a Spaniard who lived most of his life in Italy), the marquetry of Cosimo Fanzago,...

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