Filmed in high-definition widescreen on location at the magnificent Baroque Palace of Caserta in Southern Italy, Olivier Simonnet's stunning cinematographic vision of Sacrificium shows Cecilia Bartoli in full historical costume singing a selection of showpiece arias written for the castrato stars of the Neapolitan School. The spectacular settings, which include the Court Theatre, the impressive Vestibule and the Palace Gardens, set the great arias of the Italian Baroque in their cultural context.
Inspired by the extraordinary story of the 'Castrati', the musical selection includes all the world premieres featured on the original album. In addition, arias include Handel's 'Ombra mai fu' and Broschi's 'Sol qual nave' - previously only available on the deluxe version of the album. Special bonus features include an illustrated interview in which Cecilia Bartoli talks about the Sacrificium project, and a visual guide to the Palace, town and region of Caserta. Cecilia Bartoli is dynamically supported throughout the film by the leading Italian period ensemble Il Giardino Armonico under their conductor Giovanni Antonini.