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Joel Kasow
Fanfare, May 2009

The least familiar items are the two from operas by Antonio Carlos Gomes, of which Il Guarany has been revived and recorded with Plácido Domingo. The arias provide a dramatic and vocal canvas on which is grafted some of the most Minkus-like music I have ever heard in opera, though the fact that Stoyanova takes it seriously convinces us that these works are worthy of consideration. Meyerbeer and Halévy also receive luxurious treatment from the singer, whose linguistic prowess is tested, but she is once again thoroughly convincing. For the second time this month, Amelia’s aria from Simon Boccanegra is truly rapturous, though Friedrich Haider’s occasionally foursquare accompaniment is not quite on the same plane as the singer. The other Verdi selections make heavy coloratura demands that the singer easily meets, while the remaining selections display the breadth of the singer’s musicality. The voice is solid throughout the extensive range demanded by the various composers, while her stylishness is totally commendable. The various wind-players of the Munich Radio Orchestra revel in the opportunities that come their way. © 2009 Fanfare Read complete review

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