What a superb recital disc, both for the singing and the repertoire! Karita Mattila has a beautiful voice that brings real intensity to these scenes, and the sequence is a dream, going from Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades (two tracks separated by other works) through a short Puccini, slightly longer Verdi, key scenes from Lohengrin and Die Walkure - superbly sung - Jenufa, which brings a complete change in orchestral texture - some fabulous music from Elektra, and, unexpectedly, the Vilja-Lied from Die Lustige Witwe. This last one finds her lightening the tone with complete assurance, showing her to have admirable range, and the music is thrilling all the way through. The recording sessions covered an 8-day period, which is surely quite long for a single disc, but suggests that it was given full seriousness by all concerned, and the conductor Yutaka Sado and the LPO seem to create a perfect orchestral texture for the voice. The Erato sound is also exemplary, and the booklet contains all the texts, a valuable appreciation from Hugh Canning, and a large number of photos of Mattila in various productions - this is definitely how to make an opera recital disc, from every point of view.