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Emotional specificity is exactly what’s missing from the joint album offered by Dinara Alieva and Aleksandrs Antonenko: Alieva & Antonenko. Alieva has a thrilling soprano, lyric with a spinto edge. Her tone is undeniably sexy, and I hope its slight tonal huskiness is a natural vocal colour and not a sign of wear or poor vocal support. Antonenko’s tenor has already lost some of its freshness from when he first burst upon the scene as Otello in 2008 – he can hit all the notes but there’s little vocal charm. The biggest disappointment is the lack of involvement they both display. Aida, Tosca, Pique Dame… it all sounds much the same, generally loud. Alieva does spring to stylistic life in her aria and ‘Miserere’ from Verdi’s Il trovatore, where she brings a spacious grandeur to her line.

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