From her first entrance, Ms. Rafało grasped every musical
and histrionic opportunity given to Fenena, allying her firm,
plush tones to acting of girlish subtlety. In the trio with Abigaille
and Ismaele in Act One, ‘Io t'amava! il regno, il cuore,’ she sang
splendidly, phrasing ‘Ah! già t'invoco, già ti sento’ with excellent
comprehension of Verdi’s style. Her account of the cantabile
Preghiera in Act Four, ‘Oh dischiuso è il firmamento,’ was superb,
crowned with a well-placed top A in the cadenza.