OP1398. LOUISE, Live Performance, 20 Feb., 1943, w.Beecham Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Grace Moore, Raoul Jobin, Doris Doe, Ezio Pinza, etc. (England) 2-Walhall 9. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 5019148003557
"[Moore's] voice takes on a lovelier glow, and she gives herself to the music, singing with tremendous exuberance and vibrant tone; how well suited is she by temperament to this expansive, uncomplicated rapture!....De Schauensee, always an astute observer, called her the most 'plausible' Louise the Metropolitan had known (and he had heard Farrar and Bori at the Met, as well as Garden, the most celebrated Louise of all)."
- Paul Jackson, SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD MET, p.290
"After training in France, Moore made her operatic début at the Metropolitan Opera on 7 February, 1928, singing the role of Mimì in Puccini's LA BOHEME. She debuted at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 29 September, 1928 in the same role, which she also performed in a Royal Command Performance at Covent Garden in London on 6 June, 1935. During her sixteen seasons with the Metropolitan Opera, she sang in several Italian and French operas as well as the title roles in TOSCA, MANON and LOUISE. LOUISE was her favorite opera and is widely considered to have been her greatest role."
- Ned Ludd
“Grace’s only failing – if, indeed, she had one – was that she lived and breathed headlines, and was a master at creating them. When describing events to interviewers, she embellished liberally and encouraged others to follow suit. She delighted in the resulting press she got – no matter how outrageous it was….Offstage, Grace was the foodstuff of a gossip columnist’s diet. In newsprint she became an earthy woman who sampled love at every table – and rumor had it that the tables were numerous.”
- Rosa Ponselle, PONSELLE, A SINGER’S LIFE, p.138
“Grace has the mind of an exceedingly shrewd, precocious, and confused child….Except for certain rough spots that have been sloughed off through the natural effect of the frictions that she herself has often created, she is an unlicked cub. Her personality is asymmetrical; of gemlike substance, but amorphous in structure and development.”
- Charles O’Connell, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RECORD, p.4
“Raoul Jobin, the leading French Canadian tenor of the 1930s and 1940s, studied in his native Québec and then at the Paris Conservatoire, making both his concert and Paris Opéra débuts in 1930. After a spell back in Canada, he returned to the Opéra in 1934 and was a valued member of the company thereafter. He made his Covent Garden début in 1937 and from 1940 to 1950 was regularly engaged at the Metropolitan in New York, also singing with other companies in North and South America. He sang at the Opéra-Comique from 1946. Although he was best known in the French repertoire, Jobin also appeared with success in Italian rôles and the lighter Wagnerian parts. He taught singing in Montréal from 1957 and made his final stage appearance the following year. His exciting voice can be heard on many recordings.”
- Tully Potter