A wonderful collection by a truly wonderful artist. To my mind Elina Garanca is one of the finest mezzos around today. The common denominator of this album is 'gypsy music'. Garanca sings a fascinating mixture of opera, operetta, zarzuela, spanish songs, and even music theatre. Listen to the first track 'Como naci en la calle de la Paloma' and I guarantee you will be hooked. There are three suburb excerpts from Carmen. I recently heard her sing the role at Covent Garden; I have seen many different Carmens in my lifetime, but I think that Garanca is the best ever in every respect. Listen to the magnificently sung csardas from 'Gypsy Love' by Lehar or one of the charming spanish songs, but then I could go on and on and mention every track on this disk. I just want to mention 'I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls' from The Bohemian Girl by Michael Balfe. I had difficulty in associating this charming piece with the theme of 'gypsy music' until I discovered that Arline, the heroine of this mid nineteenth century opera is kidnapped as a little girl and brought up by gypsies. In the Bernstein excerpt from 'Candide', listen to the charming way she pronounces the word 'assimilated', a giveaway to her Latvian origin. In short, Elina Garanca has a gorgeous voice, both creamy and full, truly a voice to die for.