OP3205. ANDREA CHÉNIER, Live Performance, 2 March, 1963 (replete with Milton Cross’ closing commentary, stating that this broadcast is dedicated to Mme Milanov on the occasion of her 25th Anniversary with the Met), w.Cleva Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Richard Tucker, Zinka Milanov, Anselmo Colzani, Mignon Dunn, Lili Chookasian, Norman Scott, etc. (Canada) 2-Yves St Laurent T-434. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. [This broadcast performance is Milanov's final Met Opera Broadcast, dedicated to her in honor of her 25th Anniversary with the Met.]
“[In 1963] CHÉNIER was still very much in Milanov’s current repertory. Perhaps there was balm for the soul in her gaining that opera for her final broadcast on 2 March, 1963. The faithful [Milton] Cross…expresses ‘special pleasure’ in dedicating the CHÉNIER broadcast as an anniversary offering to Milanov, ‘this great artist and beloved friend.’ Though not planned as a tribute, the performance as a whole is worthy of the soprano….Even when the gloss if off the fabric of her tone, it retains a measure of succulence quite individual and reassuring….Now, when the opulence is diminished but the style remains majestic, the phrasing can sometimes seem a bit ostentatious, since its grand expanse is not filled to the fullest with comparably sumptuous tone….Everything about her performance on this afternoon reveals the diligence of the dedicated artist. We, who are in her debt, can applaud not only her success on this afternoon, but join Cross at her final bow in saluting her forty-seven [Met] broadcasts….”
- Paul Jackson, SIGN-OFF FOR THER OLD MET, pp.492-494
“Milanov came like a bolt out of heaven - the voice and the young woman, both so vibrant and exciting. We knew something great had come into [the Met’s] Italian wing. What was not obvious at the beginning was that she would have such a staying power, for she gave so much in her singing.…I was present years later on her great anniversaries and she sang at mine [the fiftieth anniversary of [my] Met début, 1963]. She was incomparable. She was like a vocal sorceress singing the OTELLO arias that night. Such a roar went up from the public, I can never forget it.”
- Giovanni Martinelli
"...for some thirty years, until his sudden death in 1975, Tucker's vocal security, boundless energy, unceasing enthusiasm, and thorough professionalism ensured a level of popularity that necessitated comparisons to some of his greatest predecessors....Tucker sang thrillingly and delivered the goods, communicating his own joy in singing to all who would listen...."
- Marc Mandel, FANFARE, May/June, 1997
"[Colzani] may never have quite entered the pantheon of great Italian baritones, but Anselmo Colzani was never that far off. He also had to contend with an era in which the likes of Tito Gobbi, Ettore Bastianini and Giuseppe Taddei bestrode the world’s opera stages….He was in demand internationally too, making his Metropolitan Opera début in 1960, where he played Simon Boccanegra. There was a great deal of pressure on the new arrival, as the Met’s favourite baritone, Leonard Warren, had died weeks before. If Colzani never became the next Warren, he did become a Met regular. He sang 272 performances there over the next 16 seasons."
- James Inverne, GRAMOPHONE, June, 2006