French soprano Veronique Gens has made something of a specialty of singing 18th century opera, including the works of Mozart. But don't think that Gens is one in the line of asexual, vibrato-less, "period" sopranos. Her voice is warm, creamy, womanly, and full. Her techincal accomplishment is excellent, and while her coloratura never dazzles, it is always propelled by dramatic impetus.
In fact, it is Gens' sense of drama and attention to character, situation, and text, which sets this disc on a higher level than that of other fine Mozart aria recitals. Gens inhabits each character, so that her Vitellia is mature, weary, and resigned, while her Sesto is noble, impetuous, and highly earnest. She differentiates Cherubino from the Countess, Zerlina from Donna Elvira, while sounding vocally "right" for each. Listen to Sesto's "Deh, per queste istante" and then the following "Batti, batti," and see if you don't for a moment wonder if two different singers recorded the arias.
For those already familiar with the work of Mme. Gens, this recital is self-recommending. For those who have yet to discover her artistry, I urge you to purchase this recording and succumb to the considerable charms of one of the finest Mozart sopranos singing today.