Don Carlos  (Bruck;  Alain Vanzo, Bianco, Depraz, Mars, Bonnet, Macaux ) (2-Malibran 818)
Item# OP3244
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Don Carlos  (Bruck;  Alain Vanzo, Bianco, Depraz, Mars, Bonnet, Macaux ) (2-Malibran 818)
OP3244. DON CARLOS, Original French Version, Live Performance, 9 Nov., 1961, w. Charles Bruck; Alain Vanzo, Rene Bianco, Xavier Depraz, Jacques Mars, Germaine Bonnet, Genevieve Macaux, Claudine Collart, Lucien Lovano & Joseph Peyron. (France) 2-Malibran 818. - 7600003778185

CRITIC REVIEWS:

"...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





"René Bianco was a French baritone whose career began in 1942 in the major theaters of North Africa (Algiers, Tunis, Oran, etc.), then continued in France. From 1950 on he regularly performed at the Opéra de Paris, especially in the works of Verdi, Gounod and Bizet . He then retired to teaching in the 1990s."

- Z. D. Akron





"Xavier Depraz entered the Paris Conservatory in 1947 studying under Fernand Francell for singing, Louis Musy for stage and René Simon for the theater. In 1951 he participated in operatic creations at the Opéra in Mulhouse and Nancy, two works composed by Marcel Landowski, and in concert version of Prokofiev's THE FIREY ANGEL. He appeared in Béla Bartok's BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE, plus RIGOLETTO, DON GIOVANNI, DON QUIXOTE and THAIS. Late in his life he began a prolific dramatic artist career, first on television, for which he notably played the role of Ursus in THE MAN WHO LAUGHS for Jean Kerchbron then to the big screen. Very large, dry, emaciated face, deep timbre, he alternated effectively in military roles, as clergeymen as well as crooks. He was professor of opera at the Paris Conservatoire in 1973."

- Zillah Akron Dorset





"...the French bass Xavier Depraz had a warm basso cantante voice which darkened a little in its bottom register, opening out into a lower extension quite unusual for its type, enabling him to sing Mozart's bass roles convincingly....He is a touching Don Quichotte, a role he could have been born to sing....Nilakantha's stanzas from LAKMÉ are beautiful....one of his best roles [is] Basile in the Opéra-Comique version of BARBIERE...."

- Tully Potter, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2016