OP0805. UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Live Performance, 17 March, 1962, w.Santi Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Leonie Rysanek, Carlo Bergonzi, Robert Merrill, Jean Madeira, Anneliese Rothenberger, etc. (France) 2-Rodolphe 32669/70. Very Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 3322220326690
"If Corelli is the born Radamès, Bergonzi seems bred to conquer the varied challenges of Riccardo....Elegance is the watchword of his performance....Throughout the afternoon, he effortlessly commands Verdi's diverse rhetoric....undaunted by its fearsome tessitura."
- Paul Jackson, SIGN-OFF FOR THE OLD MET, pp.383-84
“What an endearing tenor [Bergonzi] is….His top voice is particularly resplendent and free today. He meets head-on all the challenges of ‘Ma se m’è forza perderti,’ meets them and conquers them. In the farewell duet at the masked ball, he pours out phrase after phrase of beautiful tone in supple lines....”
- Paul Jackson, SIGN-OFF FOR THE OLD MET, p.523
"Rysanek is, first and foremost, an operatic actress. It is this quality that has led to her remarkable success. In everything she does, one senses total involvement with the dramatic aspects of the role. Without knowing whether this is true, I suspect she immerses herself completely in the libretto before studying out any of the vocal problems. An actress in the grand manner does not bother very much whether a role is in the creation of a German or an Italian librettist; her concern is with the flesh and blood of the woman being portrayed….Though the drama comes first, Rysanek has given the matter of voice a great deal of careful thought. She has a beautiful instrument to think about, and she wants to keep it that way."
- Alan Rich, OPERA NEWS, 6 March, 1965
"Anneliese Rothenberger had a light, lyric soprano that was well produced, smooth and beautiful; she was an attractive singer as well as a fine actress. She was a regular member of the Dresden, Vienna, and Munich operas for many years; her guest appearances at the Met were all too few."
- Kurt Moses, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2007