on 27 February 2002
A collection of gritty down-to-earth arias from well-known and lesser known composers. There is not a weak track on the CD. Some are quite surprising. Cura's voice is powerful and mature and in some places he verges on the baritone. The Mascagni and Leoncavallo arias are particularly well performed. It is good to be introduced to some of the less 'popular' material.