Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli has become the first woman to sing and record with the Sistine Chapel choir.
The Sistine Chapel Choir is made up of men’s voices and boy sopranos, yet Bartoli singing with them is a return to medieval monody when women’s voices were also heard.
«Being the first woman to sing with the choir, and to record in the Sistine Chapel, is an immense privilege, I am at a loss for words. I am in seventh heaven, may I say that?» said Bartoli in an interview with Classic FM.
Cecilia performs music by the Renaissance composer Pérotin on the recording. Pérotin lived in the 13th century and is thought to be French. He was the most famous member of the Notre Dame school of polyphony and the ars antiqua style. He was one of very few composers of his day whose name has been preserved, and can be reliably attached to individual compositions.