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The young Lucia Aliberti cut a swathe through the opera houses of the world in the 1980s when she was hailed by some as a talented bel canto specialist, by others as a Callas clone (to some extent self-perpetuated by her immaculate styling as La Divina c. 1970). I thought she had retired, but it transpires that she still performs in concert, and this album was recorded in 2008. It’s interesting repertoire, with some old favourites (I vespri siciliani) balanced by lesser-known arias (Alzira). Aliberti still has the vocal ability to traverse a delicate and sensitive line, which she does with style and grace. Unfortunately, that seems to be about the extent of her current vocal estate, as she doesn’t venture much beyond the delicate musings of a Bellini heroine – Amina sings Lady Macbeth, a collision of sleepwalkers. From Elena to Odabella, white hot passion is notably lacking, although the result is not actively unpleasant. It all just drifts past in a slightly dreamy blur, comfortably numb. Oleg Caetani’s idiomatic conducting is sympathetic to his diva.

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