OP0006. DON GIOVANNI, Live Performance, 2 Aug., 1937, Salzburg, w.Walter Cond. Vienna Staatsoper Ensemble; Ezio Pinza, Elisabeth Rethberg, Virgilio Lazzari, Dino Borgioli, Luise Helletsgrüber, Herbert Alsen, etc. (Italy) 2-Urania 22.231. Final Sealed Copy! - 8025726222316
“Ezio Pinza was an Italian opera singer, a bass with a rich, smooth and sonorous voice, he spent 22 seasons at New York's Metropolitan Opera, appearing in more than 750 performances of 50 operas. Pinza also sang to great acclaim at La Scala, Milan, and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. He retired from the Met in 1948 and embarked on a second career in Broadway musicals. In April 1949, he appeared in Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, originating the rôle of French Planter Emil de Becque, and his operatic-style, highly expressive performance of the hit song ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ made him a matinée idol and a national celebrity. In 1950, he received a Tony Award for best lead actor in a musical.
Shortly before his death, Pinza completed his memoirs, which were published in 1958 by Rinehart. Photos taken during his career, as well as images of his family, were included in the book.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron
“…what a gorgeous voice [Rethberg had] and what beautiful singing – alas, you don’t hear this [quality in] singing anymore.”
- Rosa Raisa, ROSA RAISA, p.198
“‘Cultivated’ and ‘stylish’ are the words you come across most frequently when reading about the performances and records of Dino Borgioli….His main rivals in [his] repertoire at the time were Tito Schipa and Heddle Nash, both possessors of more inherently attractive voices, but neither perhaps quite as alert as Borgioli to the niceties at hand….We listen to his discs and long for tenors today to imitate Borgioli’s fastidious and charming ways.”
- Alan Blyth, Program Notes.
“An artist like Dino Borgioli, whom I have many a time had occasion to refer to in enthusiastic terms, is the rarest of rare exceptions. A 'Borgioli' is very rare anywhere, and even more so in Italy.”
- Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji. THE MUSICAL TIMES, June, 1937