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Having given us an excellent CD of French arias followed by a wan Handel collection, Sonya Yoncheva now offers Verdi arias and regains a lot of the form that made her reputation. She certainly has a go at just about everything, ranging from the delicacy of Desdemona’s ‘Ave Maria’, to the wilder grief of the Forza Leonora’s ‘Pace! Pace, mio Dio!’ But one size doesn’t fit all, so despite her careful delineation of character, Yoncheva inevitably sounds occasionally over-parted. Perhaps best are the musings of Amelia Boccanegra, which sit perfectly within the size and range of her voice. But having spun an elegant Bellinian line in Abigaille’s aria (Nabucco) she resorts to screaming through the ensuing cabaletta, and she sounds stretched by the arching phrases of the Don Carlo aria. Still, there is much to compensate: a multi- hued voice generally used with a sense of style and elegance. One emerging problem is that Yoncheva’s high notes are starting to flap alarmingly. Her ambitious performance schedule cannot be beneficial and hopefully the problem is remediable. Massimo Zanetti’s conducting is spacious and supportive, and he makes much of the introductions to the Boccanegra and Don Carlo arias.

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