Welsh Wunderkind Charlotte Church conquers Broadway on her fourth release, re-creating the blend of pop and opera that previously brought her crossover success with classical repertoire. The material

Welsh Wunderkind Charlotte Church conquers Broadway on her fourth release, re-creating the blend of pop and opera that previously brought her crossover success with classical repertoire. The material is a bit well-worn, from "Somewhere" (West Side Story)

to "Bali Ha'i" (South Pacific) and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (Showboat). Like her selections, Church's interpretations are safe and straightforward but consistent, masterful, and performed with confidence. Non-Broadway tracks include heartfelt folk tunes—the Celtic "Carrickfergus" and the English lullaby "All the Pretty Little Horses"—and others ranging from contemporary songs to operatic arias ("La Habanera" from Carmen). Some arrangements add flamenco guitar or Latin percussion while others rely on romantic strings, but the 15-year-old soprano's voice is always the focus. She maintains the clear tone of a woodwind without losing the underlying lilt of human emotion.—WH

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