First, a bit of background: The ultra-photogenic Sasha Lazard studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Later, the accomplished soprano toured North America and Europe, where she performed a

First, a bit of background: The ultra-photogenic Sasha Lazard studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Later, the accomplished soprano toured North America and Europe, where she performed at numerous festivals—as well as in such operas as Rossini's La Cenerentola and Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. By the late-'90s, Lazard was collaborating with producer/DJ Mark Raskin and electronic cellist Michael Kott. Performances at Joe's Pub in New York, Luna Park in Los Angeles, and Club Privilege in Ibiza, Spain, followed. Hollywood came calling, too. (Her music is featured in such films as Princess Mononoke and Holy Smoke.) Now, with her full-length debut, Lazard further explores the possibilities between electronic beats, classical music, and opera arias. Overflowing with passion and sensuality—and some incredibly chilled-out soundscapes—The Myth of Red is poised to become the soundtrack for cafés, lounges, and boutiques. Of course, the Delerium re-rub of "Awakening," included here, is tailor-made for peak-hour dancefloor action.—MP