Delos is proud to present the much-anticipated solo debut album by Russian soprano Olga Guryakova, “one of the most exciting Russian sopranos to have emerged in recent years”(BBC Music Magazine). Joined by Constantine Orbelian and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Olga offers a rich and varied programme of Russian arias and romances. The 29-year-old Guryakova first appeared on Delos as Zemfira in Rachmaninoff’s rarely heard one-act opera, Aleko (DE 3269). For her first solo effort she explores a wide range of emotions, from Tatyana’s passionate outpouring in the Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and the soulful grief of Glinka’s Lyudmila, to the lyrical serenity of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Of What I Dream in the Quiet Night, and the delicacy of Rachmaninoff’s Lilacs. The extraordinary top-to-bottom evenness of her voice allows her every expressive freedom. She has the striking ability to communicate the very essence of an operatic character or the inner-most sentiments behind a song. Guryakova has been showered with critical praise around the world. Of her July 2000 performance of Maria in Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa at Covent Garden with Gergiev, the London Times enthused, “we have witnessed the emergence of a new star. That final lullaby was sung with ravishing beauty and hushed control, matched by stage presence at once strong and delicate.