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An interesting title for Nasibili’s first album, as in her introduction she is maybe inadvertently stirring a hornets’ nest by choosing to describe her brand of feminism by using the term ‘femme fatale’: some people would take umbrage. (And I certainly wouldn’t describe Liù in Turandot as a femme fatale at all – more self-sacrificing... but that’s another story.) She offers an interesting and varied programme, starting with Ravel’s Shéhérazade and moving through Barber, Szymanowski and Rimsky-Korsakov to French arias. It’s all very musically glittery and gives the orchestra under Yalchin Adigezalov a good chance to shine. Nasibili’s voice is clean and strong with a bright tone and she sounds emotionally invested. She sometimes meanders through her more sinuous phrases – her Queen of Shemakha drifts a bit, and her Leïla is pushed to reach the end of some lines. Thaïs suits her emotionally but is one size too large, and gulping ahead of a desperate high D at the end of the aria was ill-advised.

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