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Hera Hyesang Park has an impressive instrument in her voice on 'I Am Hera' / The Classic Review

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The Classic Review's Leighton Jones writes....In an album entitled "I am Hera", soprano Hera Hyesang Park makes her debut for Deutsche Grammophon, having signed an exclusive contract in 2020. In a program dominated by classical arias from Mozart and Gluck, she unusually includes some contemporary and highly personal items which, depending on your view, either fit or don't fit in with the rest of the album.

Park's voice has a distinctly lyrical quality. Intonation is practically flawless, with the occasional top notes lacking the same consistent precision. Her tone is very pure and is consistent across her voice. In the more virtuosic areas, such as Rossini's "Una Poco Voce Fa", her vocal dexterity is obvious. Being exceptionally clear, she showcases her agile coloratura and chest voice, which has a particularly impressive warmth and projection. In the melismatic phrases, every note is articulated perfectly and distinctively. Park's vibrato is light, which works well in the Gluck and Mozart arias, while in the Puccini extracts it brings a cooler, more innocent quality. This works especially well in "Quando me'n vo soletta" (track 15).

Despite the relatively minor quibbles, Park has an impressive instrument in her voice, and as a debut album, she is commendable for choosing a program that showcases it to the fullest. An overall enjoyable and recommended listen of an artist who certainly has an exciting career ahead of her.

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