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A release that probably won’t disappoint another tenor’s fans, but maybe should, is Roberto Alagna’s My Life is an Opera. (You said it, Bobby.) This is a romp through the tenor’s career, a blend of opera and song; the almost incomprehensibly translated accompanying booklet implies that the repertoire has strong personal resonance for Alagna. The main plus is the voice, with its forward placement and sense of immediacy. Alas the minuses are many. The pace is fast and furious, not helped by Yvan Cassar’s over-excited conducting of the London Orchestra. The sound is loud, as is most of the singing: I felt quite shouted at. There are some interesting curiosities, not least Lensky’s aria from Eugene Onegin sung in French, as recorded by Caruso in 1916 and despatched equally as briskly as that version. Not a great addition to Alagna’s extensive discography.

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