Our Recording of the Month for June is the debut recital from Mauritian-Australian soprano Stacey Alleaume, a singer who most recently lit up the Sydney Harbour stage as Violetta in Opera Australia’s La Traviata. Eloquently partnered by Australian pianist Amir Farid, Moonlight Reflectionsis a collection of art song in French, Italian and English with a handful of favourites but plenty that’s less familiar and well worth getting to know. Clive Paget caught up with the rising star soprano to talk repertoire choices, recording during a pandemic, and what’s immediately ahead.

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A debut album is a big thing. How did you decide on the mood and content, and what are you wanting it to say about both you and the world in general?

I was most certainly mourning the loss of live performance having rehearsed La Traviataon Sydney Harbour last year [only to find] one day away from making it to stage rehearsals that the whole industry was shutdown. Personally, living through Melbourne lockdown and feeling stressed by the loss of work, isolated from seeing family and the overwhelming news broadcasts,...