OP2601. DON GIOVANNI, Live Performance, 3 Aug., 1960, w.von Karajan Cond. Eberhard Wächter, Walter Berry, Cesare Valletti, Leontyne Price, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Graziella Sciutti, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Zaccaria, etc. [NB: the singers of the rôles of Donna Anna and Donna Elvira are reversed on the traycard]; von Karajan Cond. RAI S.O., Torino: Jupiter Symphony #41 in C, K.551 (Mozart). (E.U.) 3-Myto 00317. - 0801439903173
“…Price soon proved to all that Karajan’s enthusiasm was not misplaced. The Austrians marveled over her command of Mozart style, a Donna Anna who not only burned with dramatic fire but also rejoiced in uncommon vocal richness and easy flexibility.”
- Peter G. Davis, THE AMERICAN OPERA SINGER, p.515
"Although Valletti was a student of Tito Schipa (from whom he undoubtedly learnt some of the graces of production and interpretation), he was in some aspects a counterpart to his coach. Valletti’s was a light but flexible tenor voice of Italianate lyricism and a rare beauty of tone. His timbre was not as ‘sweet’ as that of Tito Schipa, Ferruccio Tagliavini or Beniamino Gigli, but he was the most accomplished technician of them all."
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile
“As one of the younger tenors to emerge soon after World War II, it was obvious that Valletti was an artist whose reputation would be made based on artistic and musical considerations….His musicianship and vocal colour made him an ideal interpreter of Mozart rôles, and like Schipa [his mentor], he became a renowned Werther with sensitivity and nuance being the key to his interpretation….he was considered a lyric tenor of the front rank.”
- Alan Bilgora, program notes to Pearl’s THE CETRA TENORS
"In 1953 Eberhard Wächter made his operatic début as Silvio at the Vienna Volksoper. From 1954 he was a member of the Vienna State Opera, and in 1963 he was named as Austrian Kammersänger. He made his début in at London’s Covent Garden as Count Almaviva and his first appearance at the Salzburg Festival as Arbace in IDOMENEO in 1956. In 1958 he made his début at the Bayreuth Festival as Amfortas. He sang for the first time at the Paris Opéra as Wolfram in 1959. In 1960 he sang Count Almaviva at his débuts at Milan’s La Scala and Chicago’s Lyric Opera. In 1961 he made his Metropolitan Opera début as Wolfram. In subsequent years, he continued to appear regularly in Vienna, where he created the rôle of Joseph in Einem’s JESU HOCHZEIT in 1980. In 1987 Eberhard Wächter became director of the Vienna Volksoper. From 1991 he was also co-director of the Vienna State Opera."
-Zillah Dorset Akron