July 2013 NAXOS released the new recording of “Semiramide” staring Alex Penda in the title role

The heart of the performance, as she should be, is the Babylonian queen herself. Alex Penda (who as Alexandrina Pendatchanska blazed through Ermione in Santa Fe and at NYCO) is, in temperament and delivery, a real prima donna: her vocalism, while admirably wide-ranging, dramatically pointed and stylistically attuned, is not always ravishing, but it scores its points with panache. Unlike many Semiramides, Penda is credibly a killer as well as a siren.Opera News, December 2013

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