OP1892. MONNA VANNA (Février), Broadcast Performance, 1958, Besançon & Rennes, w.Suzanne Sarroca, Pierre Nougaro, René Damiro, Pierre Fleta, Georges Lecoz, etc.; MONNA VANNA - Historical recordings by Ansseau, Muratore (Creator), Vezzani & Vanni-Marcoux. (France) 2-Malibran 712. Final Copy! - 600003777126
"This is an opera that demands great voices and high voltage interpretation. It gets plenty of both in this performance. The recording is pieced together from performances that took place in Besançon and Rennes. These CDs are evidence of the high quality of French provincial performances at this time. The burly-voiced baritone Pierre Nougaro as Marco is an impressive artist. In the quieter, more conversational passages, his vividly expressive enunciation is remarkably reminiscent of his great predecessor Vanni-Marcoux. Suzanne Sarroca, who sings the title role, is very thinly represented on commercial recordings. One can only wonder why. Here she sounds somewhat like the young Régine Crespin and offers a passionate and fresh-voiced performance.
Even if an enterprising record company gets round to recording MONA VANNA, it is highly unlikely we will ever hear it sung like this."
- Patrick Bade, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2011