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After making a name for herself in the standard repertoire, Renata Scotto devoted a good deal of her energies to exploring forgotten operas, like Zaira. Sadly, Zaira was not able to capitalize on this revival and has since languished in obscurity. I say sadly because it has all of the traits that make operas like Norma and I Puritani so compelling: vocal writing displaying the highest understanding of the human voice, coupled with exciting dramatic momentum. Renata Scotto gives a nuanced and beautifully sung performance and demonstrates that she was the queen of Italian style of her day. The sound is excellent.