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Three contrasting sopranos are up for consideration this month. Let’s start with the scintillating Jodie Devos, who rips through a selection of Offenbach arias with joie de vivre. Her high soprano is brightly-hued, with a surprisingly strong lower register, and she relishes the coloratura as she dispatches numbers from Orphée aux Enfers and Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and a plethora of lesser-known pieces. If you value a CD purchase by the number of notes per penny, then this really is a bargain: Devos does not shy from decorating the vocal line and throwing in some exciting acuti. If you just want sheer entertainment, with a sly wit and some toe-tapping tunes, this is definitely for you: Devos sounds as though she’s having fun all the way. Laurent Campellone conducts the Munich Radio Orchestra with appropriate brio, keeping rhythms springy and textures light. The whole enterprise almost requires a health warning as you will be afflicted with serious earworm for days. In fact, make that weeks.

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