Vivaldi: Parody Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery



Cecillia Bartoli (photo: Decca/Uli Weber)

It’s perhaps natural that a superstar diva like mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli would have many admirers. She is, after all, one of the most recognizable voices in classical music.

It’s also natural that her admirers would find many ways to express their devotion beyond just attending her performances and buying her CDs.

Meet Justin Kim, a twenty-something who considers Bartoli his favorite opera singer. He’s not your typical fan, however, because Justin is also an opera singer (with noticeable gifts).

Here’s Justin as Kimchilia Bartoli, a “dramatic coloratura male mezzo-soprano” performing an aria by Antonio Vivaldi—Agitata da due venti from La Griselda—in a hilarious, crowd-pleasing parody of Bartoli.


Here’s the inspiration:

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