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Equally admired is mezzo Elīna Garanča, whose plush mezzo is moving away from the travesty roles that brought her fame and is hanging her britches at the back of the wardrobe after a final Die Rosenkavalier in New York this season. Revive (strange title, suggesting a spa at best, medical intervention at worst) is a collection of mezzo standards with some enjoyable rarities from Saint-Saëns and Massenet thrown in. Garanča sails through the gentleness of Mignon and passions of Charlotte (Werther) – plus, as she points out, she has a natural affinity with French repertoire. Some of the new roles push her voice to its limits. Verismo requires a bite she doesn’t quite have and her Verdi is a little hard-pressed. But let’s reserve judgment until she performs more of these roles onstage, as her voice is certainly voluminous heard live, and perhaps a more personal identification with new characters will bring them more to life.

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