French soprano Chantal Santon Jeffery’s latest album is a classy celebration of the composers associated with the Paris Opéra. There are the usual suspects, like Rameau and Leclair, but also less well-known figures like Gervais and Cardonne as well. Teaming up with frequent collaborators, the conductor György Vashegyi and his Orfeo Orchestra, this program of 24 French arias and nine short orchestral works is a real pleasure and a wonderful introduction to Santon Jeffery.

Undoubtedly becoming one of the most compelling singers in this repertoire, the soprano is as enchanting as ever. Every word is crystal clear and there are such subtle, surprising inflections of text in the least likely of places. Like her compatriot Véronique Gens, there’s an austere quality to her sound that’s not at all unattractive. Rather, it brings out the dark roundness of her voice, with its shimmering upper register and russet middle. What’s more, she shares Gens’ tonal warmth and flexibility, both qualities on ample show in this program.

Highlights include Courez à la victoirefrom Rameau’s Dardanus, excelling in the tricky ornamentation and displaying...

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