Ileana Cotrubas was 37 when this recording was made (on the CD it is supplemented by extracts from complete operas that she did for Sony, most notably "Elisir D'Amore"), and it is not a total success. The voice has a lovely quality in its middle range and lower, but when called to go high, she has trouble integrating the notes with the musical phrase, and the result is a rather hooty, glassy-sounding note, with a definite edge to it that doesn't sound good. Thus, the best things here are Norina's aria from "Don Pasquale," Susanna's "Deh, vieni no tardar" from Mozart's "Figaro," and Mimi's Act One aria from "Boheme," where she does manage to integrate the higher passages better than she does in the "Magic Flute" and "Entfuhring" arias, which are the least attractive on the disc. The extracts from the complete "Elisir" are fine (as indeed is the whole opera, in which Domingo sings a remarkably lovely Nemorino -- remarkable for an Otello-type voice, that is); the "O mio babbino caro" isn't so good. Cotrubas was a vivid actress, lovely as Susanna, and a fine Despina in Mozart's "Cosi" with Colin Davis. Unfortunately many of the arias here aren't so well suited for her.