OP2002. LOHENGRIN (in Italian), Live Performance, 8 Sept., 1959, w.Leitner Cond. RAI Ensemble, Milano; Sándor Kónya, Marcella Pobbe, Laura Didier, Aldo Protti, Paolo Dari, etc. (E.U.) 3-Myto 00224. - 0801439902244
“Mr. Kónya had a powerful, dramatic voice and was most highly regarded as a Wagnerian tenor. But his broad repertory also included several of the major Verdi and Puccini rôles, as well as Edgardo in Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and Turiddu in Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA. Although his Wagner was criticized by some for embodying an Italianate sob, Mr. Kónya's admirers prized exactly that tendency toward stylistic cross-pollination. Just as he brought the emotional lyricism of Italian opera to Germanic rôles, he sang Italian rôles with the big, heroic sound more typically heard in German works.
Mr. Kónya was born in Sarkad, Hungary, on 23 Sept. 23, and studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, as well as in Milan and at the Music Academy of Detmold, in northwestern Germany. In 1951 he made his professional début as Turiddu at the Bielefeld Opera. He remained on the company's roster for three years, during which he expanded his repertory, both in grand opera and in lighter rôles.”
- Allan Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 6 June, 2002
“Marcella Pobbé was an Italian operatic soprano who sang a wide range of roles in both the lyric and spinto repertory. Pobbé was born in Vicenza, where she studied with Elena Fava, and later entered the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, where she studied with Rinalda Pavoni. She also studied at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Giorgio Favaretto. She made her stage début in Spoleto, as Gounod's Marguerite, in 1949, and the same year, first appeared at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, where she was to appear regularly until 1973. She made her début at the Rome Opera in 1954, in the title role of Gluck's IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, and at La Scala in 1955, as Bathseba in the premiere of Darius Milhaud's DAVID. She appeared at the Baths of Caracalla in 1957, as Mathilde in GUGLIELMO TELL, and in 1959 as Elsa in LOHENGRIN. She also sang at most major opera houses in Italy, Venice, Parma, Bologna, Florence, Mantua, Palermo, etc., as well as on Italian radio and television.
On the international scene, she made guest appearances at the Monte Carlo Opera, the Zürich Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House in London and the Liceo in Barcelona. In North America, she sang at the Philadelphia Opera and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, for a few performances of Marguerite and Mimi during the 1958-59 season.
Pobbé went on performing until the late 1970s, and then became a music critic for Vicenza Gazzettino. In 2000, she published a series of interviews she had made with conductors.”
“Protti was born in Cremona. He studied in Parma, and made his début in Pesaro, as Figaro, in 1948. He made his La Scala début in 1950, as Amonasro, and sang there for many years. He sang widely in Italy and Europe in the standard Italian repertory, earning a reputation for being ‘one of the most reliable baritones in the business’. He made a belated début at the Metropolitan Opera, as Rigoletto, at age 65. He was particularly appreciated in Verdi rôles, especially Rigoletto, his greatest rôle, but also as Alfio, Tonio, Gérard, Scarpia, etc.”
- Zillah Akron Dorset