The singers are accompanied nicely by the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Constantine Orbelian. The repertoire should be familiar to all, with excerpts from Verdi's Aida and Il Trovatore, Puccini's Tosca and Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades.
Both Alieva and Antonenko are formidable exponents, dramatic, ravishingly dynamic, vocally extraordinary, some of the best of our day.
I especially like their Tchaikovsky, perhaps because I have not heard as many versions of the arias from Queen of Spades, but also because they seem particularly exceptional in bringing out the color and thrust of the music here.
In any case I am impressed with both. These are world-class artists of the first rank. The disk tells us that clearly and unequivocally, impressively and very enjoyably.
If you seek some fresh talent in your operatic journeys, look no further. Very recommened.
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