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Serse receives an excellent new recording under the baton of Maxim Emelyanchev, who recently won the Newcomer category at the International Opera Awards. He leads a striking performance, though not exaggerated for effect, and assists his singers in getting the drama off the ground in an opera that, when listened to rather than watched, can sometimes seem just a plethora of arias. The whole cast seems very involved and the sparks fly. In the title role, Franco Fagioli is on his top form, the tone refulgent and the technique solid. Vivica Genaux can be relied upon to excite with her lithe and athletic mezzo, and her Arsamene duly does. Delphine Galou and Francesca Aspromonte bring much to Amastro and Atalanta, the one with her rich contralto, the other with her shining soprano. To single one performer out is perhaps unfair, but Inga Kalna makes a stunning Romlida and her voice has many colours: she can spin a langorous line with creamy tone, or trip through exciting coloratura. She provides real sit-up-and-listen moments.

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