Manon  (Etcheverry;  Moffo,  Vanzo,  Legros)       (2-Malibran 738)
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Manon  (Etcheverry;  Moffo,  Vanzo,  Legros)       (2-Malibran 738)
OP2087. MANON, w.Etcheverry Cond.; Anna Moffo, Alain Vanzo, Adrien Legros, Peter Gottlieb, etc. (France) 2-Malibran 738. - 7600003777386


"Soprano Anna Moffo was born in Pennsylvania in 1932 of Italian parents. After a period at the Curtis Institute, she went back to her ancestral homeland to study in Perugia and Rome. She made her debut in 1955 at Spoleto, as Norina in DON PASQUALE, but her big break came when she starred as Cio-Cio-San in MADAMA BUTTERFLY in a production broadcast on RAI. She became an overnight celebrity, with performances at Salzburg, Vienna, La Scala, and Naples, performing with Callas, di Stefano and Panerai, and making recordings with Karajan. She made her Met debut in 1959 as Violetta, one of her signature roles.

...Vanzo combines all the elements of bel canto, whatever the selection. A seamless legato is joined with a technique that produces a beautiful, effortless sound....Vanzo's voice caresses the music and demonstrates elegance."

- Bob Rose, FANFARE, Nov./Dec., 2005

“Alain Vanzo made his debut at the l’Opéra and the Opéra-Comique in 1957, going on to sing the Duke of Mantua in 1957. He became known and respected as a lyrical tenor and graduated towards a more robust tenor, culminating in his taking on Werther at age 40 and Don José at age 45! By the time he reached the age of 48, on 20 April, 1965, he sang with Montserrat Caballé (her American debut) in a concert performance in Donizetti's LUCREZIA BORGIA at Carnegie Hall. Finally, after his 1976 performances of FAUST in the US, he had become a star.

In 1985, at age 57, [Vanzo] starred in the Paris Opéra’s historic revival of Meyerbeer’s ROBERT LE DIABLE 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

�J�sus Etch�verry was a French operatic conductor who became musical director at the opera house in Nancy, a post he held from 1947 until 1957. He also conducted the summer opera seasons in Luchon, Enghien and Angoul�me. In 1957, he was named first conductor at the Op�ra-Comique, where he remained until 1972. Beginning in 1966, he also conducted at the Palais Garnier. He became musical director of the opera house in Nantes in 1972, and then took the musical direction of the opera house in Nancy in 1977. Although his career was essentially spent in France, he did make guest appearances abroad, notably in London, Lausanne and Barcelona, where he was much appreciated in the French repertory. He left valuable recordings of Gounod's MIREILLE, and Massenet's THA�S and WERTHER.�

- Z. D. Akron