OP0001. COSÌ FAN TUTTE (in English), recorded, 1952, w.Stiedry Cond. Metropolitan Opera Ensemble; Eleanor Steber, Blanche Thebom, Roberta Peters, Richard Tucker, Frank Guarrera & Lorenzo Alvary. (Austria) 2-Sony MH2K 60652. Gatefold Jacket has 43pp. Brochure, w.archival photos & Complete 63pp. Libretto; Discs feature original Columbia LP labels. Very long out-of-print; Final ever-so-slightly used copy! - 074646065228
“Triumphs in the Mozart repertory have been the norm for Steber, and Fiordiligi is perhaps the most captivating of her Mozart assumptions….she conquers, for her voice retains its bloom and her command of fioriture remains commendable. She enjoys introducing little musical subtleties into her phrasing….she lays a loving caress on Mozart’s sinuous lines and, at every opportunity, confidently propels a bit of bravura, both endeavors lending distinction….”
- Paul Jackson, SIGN-OFF FOR THE OLD MET, pp.108-09
"In a field long dominated by Europeans, Ms. Thebom was part of the first midcentury wave of American opera singers to attain international careers. Associated with the Met from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s, she was praised by critics for her warm voice, attentive phrasing and sensitive acting."
- Margalit Fox, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 28 March, 2010
"...for some thirty years, until his sudden death in 1975, Tucker's vocal security, boundless energy, unceasing enthusiasm, and thorough professionalism ensured a level of popularity that necessitated comparisons to some of his greatest predecessors....Tucker sang thrillingly and delivered the goods, communicating his own joy in singing to all who would listen...."
- Marc Mandel, FANFARE, May/June, 1997