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Puccini=Passion CD

The Australian (Australia)
Deborah Jones
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"[Richard Bonynge] brings a sensitive hand and undisputed sense of the theatre ... he has a superb collaborator ... Barker doesn't just sing the notes but lives the drama. Her soprano has warmth and texture and she always makes a generous sound, but even better is the intelligent phrasing ... In an artform that likes nothing better than a dead dame, Barker invests these doomed women with dignity and humanity."