Romeo et Juliette  (de Almeida;   Alain Vanzo, Andree Esposito)  (2-Opera d'Oro OPD 1477)
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Romeo et Juliette  (de Almeida;   Alain Vanzo, Andree Esposito)  (2-Opera d'Oro OPD 1477)
OP0237. ROM�O ET JULIETTE, Live Performance, 1976, Almeida Cond. Op�ra de Nice Ensemble; Alain Vanzo, Andr�e Esposito, Ivan Saur. 2-Opera d'Oro OPD 1477. Out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy. - 723721326654


"...Vanzo combines all the elements of bel canto, whatever the selection. A seamless legato is joined with a technique that produces a beautiful, effortless sound....Vanzo’s voice caresses the music and demonstrates elegance."

- Bob Rose, FANFARE, Nov./Dec., 2005

“Alain Vanzo made his debut at the l’Opéra and the Opéra-Comique in 1957, going on to sing the Duke of Mantua in 1957. He became known and respected as a lyrical tenor and graduated towards a more robust tenor, culminating in his taking on Werther at age 40 and Don José at age 45! By the time he reached the age of 48, on 20 April, 1965, he sang with Montserrat Caballé (her American debut) in a concert performance in Donizetti's LUCREZIA BORGIA at Carnegie Hall. Finally, after his 1976 performances of FAUST in the US, he had become a star.

In 1985, at age 57, [Vanzo] starred in the Paris Opéra’s historic revival of Meyerbeer’s ROBERT LE DIABLE which the company had not staged for some 90 years. Mady Mesplé, the soprano and a frequent vocal partner, told Le Monde that ‘with [Vanzo’s passing in 2002] a whole page of French lyric history has vanished’."

- Anne Midgette, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 24 Feb. 2002

�Andr�e Esposito was born in Algiers, Algeria, into a family of French-Italian origin. She began her musical studies at the Music Conservatory of her native city, obtaining a first prize there. She completed her studies at the Paris Music Conservatory, where she was a pupil of Louis Nogu�ra and Charles Panz�ra. She made her professional d�but at Metz, as Suzel in Camille Erlanger's LE JUIF POLONAIS.

Esposito was then quickly invited to all the major opera houses of France, including the Paris Op�ra-Comique, singing the standard French light lyric reportory: Olympia in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN, Philine in MIGNON, MIREILLE, Micaela in CARMEN, Leila in LES P�CHEURS DE PERLES and LAKM�. She made her d�but at the Paris Op�ra in 1959, as Violetta in LA TRAVIATA. Other roles there included, Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, the title role in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Gilda in RIGOLETTO, Xenia in BORIS GODUNOV, Marguerite in FAUST, Juliette in ROM�O ET JULIETTE, as well as Massenet's MANON and THA�S.

She was also a very active recitalist, especially of French songs by Chausson and Duparc. She participated in the creation of many contemporary works, such as LE CHEVALIER DE NEIGE by Delerue, ANDREA DEL SARTO by Daniel-Lesur, THE MINES OF SULPHUR by Bennett, and THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN by Penderecki. She also enjoyed singing in operettas, such as DIE FLEDERMAUS, and THE MERRY WIDOW.

Esposito was married to French baritone Julien Haas, with whom she often appeared on stage, the two were also active as voice teachers at the Strasbourg Music Conservatory.�

- Z. D. Akron