OP1133. LUCREZIA BORGIA, Live Performance, 20 April, 1965, Carnegie Hall, (Caballé's American Début), w.Perlea Cond. American Opera Society Ensemble; Montserrat Caballé, Alain Vanzo, Kostas Paskalis, Jane Berbie, etc.; Caballé, w.Juan Oncina, Lili Chookasian, etc.; Cillario Cond.: Roberto Devereux - Excerpts, 16 Dec., 1965, Carnegie Hall. 2-Opera d’Oro 1200. Superlative sound! Specially priced. - 723723563422
"When Montserrat Caballé sang her first aria, 'Com'è bello' [at her American début, above] there was a perceptible change in atmosphere. It seemed for a moment that everyone had stopped breathing. What registered, of course, was an acute awareness that here was singing of a most unusual sort. It had, to put it simply, the quality of greatness."
- John Gruen, NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 21 April, 1965
"In 1985, at age 57, [Vanzo] starred in the Paris Opéra’s historic revival of ROBERT LE DIABLE by Meyerbeer, 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