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Infinitely less successful is Olga Peretyatko in Mozart +, a series of arias by that composer and less-known contemporaries such as Traetta and Martín y Soler. It’s an interesting idea not ideally executed. On her website, Peretyatko quotes that her ‘agile soprano voice has gained in suppleness and lush depth’. I would disagree. I am hearing a worn and sometimes acidulous tone, particularly in the passaggio, and a cautiously managed vocal production. I must admit that there is a handful of brighter and more confidently managed notes above the stave, but the ascending in Martern aller Arten from Die Entführung are not flung out thrillingly. But then neither is the same opera’s Traurigkeit ideally floated. I hope that Peretyatko’s voice is indeed in transition, perhaps developing into a richer lyric soprano as she suggests, and that this recording is a temporary setback and not a taste of things to come. Ivor Bolton doesn’t add much enthusiasm in the pit, though perhaps he was more concerned in nursing his diva through the music.

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