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The Australian soprano here works her way through most of the major soprano arias by Puccini – though she wisely selects (from the composer’s final opera) Liù’s solos rather than Turandot’s, which require a different voice, and she discards Minnie’s short piece in Fanciulla. Two of Puccini’s songs – ‘È l’uccellino’ and ‘Sole e amore’ (the latter recycled in La bohème) – are added in. Everything she performs suits her rich and individual lyric soprano very well. Throughout, there’s a complex colour range on display, and Barker’s keen sense of style is evident – these are characters and situations she has thought through, and she applies her tone with precision and

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