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Album Review

Using her talents toward making beautiful opera music, singer Lesley Garrett shows off this aspect of her career on the first disc of the two-CD From the Heart. Starting with "Dome Epais," the track that would probably be most recognizable to a casual listener, the CD is a good showcase for her beautiful voice and delicate arrangements. The track selections on both discs are quite well done, as the second album moves on to show tunes from the 20th century. Taking on everyone from Gershwin to Rodgers, Garrett applies the same approach to this material, treating the songs with an elegant touch that enhances her versions of these tracks. To some listeners, this might be a bit on the boring side when all is said and done. But to anyone looking for an accessible and introductory opera album, this is a very good choice that introduces the career of an excellent singer.


Born: 10 April 1955 in Thorne, South Yorkshire

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most popular performers in contemporary British opera, soprano Lesley Garrett was born in Yorkshire, England on April 10, 1955; after attending her first opera at age 15, she dedicated her life to singing, and was later awarded a scholarship to London's Royal Academy of Music. In 1979 she won top prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition, and following her first major performance as Dorinda in Handel's Orlando she earned roles with Opera North and the English National Opera; although Garrett's...
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