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Swedish singer Miah Persson throws her hat into the lyric soprano ring with Sempre Libera, a selection of arias to showcase her talents, recorded live in concert last year. She has a sweet voice, though not saccharine, and an assured technique. Like Tebaldi, her trill is not her strength (though, unlike that soprano, at least she includes them). However the voice never opens up at the top, where it remains quite polite, and her coloratura, though fluent, is not scintillating. Persson is never less than charming – hence her Traviata sounds quite wholesome, her cries of ‘Gioir!’ almost cheerful. The repertoire remains generally mainstream, though she does treat us to an aria from Messager’s Madame Chrysanthème (unfortunately for Persson, recently recorded with more lusciousness by Sonya Yoncheva), as well as Dinorah’s ‘Ombre légère’, or part thereof, for 80 bars of Meyerbeer’s music are omitted from the central section. Daniel Harding conducts supportively.

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