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First up is cover girl Marianne Crebassa, whose debut solo CD Oh, Boy! is an exciting release (despite its cutesy title and marketing). She sings arias performed in operas by young male characters, though they weren’t all created by women so aren’t strictly all travesty roles: Gluck’s Orfeo and three of the Mozart roles here were first sung by castrati. Crebassa has a deliciously smooth lyric mezzo and employs it with taste and style. When she starts a phrase her intent is apparent, her singing buoyant and purposeful, but with the ability to caress and luxuriate in the line. She crosses a range of styles, from Mozart to Hahn, taking in some curiosities en route such as Offenbach’s Fantasio and Thomas’s Psyché. It’s stylish and classy, a simple theme beautifully executed by a talented young singer. Marc Minkowski conducts with equal style and affection for the material.

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