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
"...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 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
"RenÃ© 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 OpÃ©ra de Paris, especially in the works of Verdi, Gounod and Bizet . He then retired to teaching in the 1990s."
- Z. D. Akron
"...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 LAKME are beautiful....one of his best roles [is] Basile in the Opéra-Comique version of BARBIERE...."
- Tully Potter, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2016
"Charles Bruck, a Hungarian-French conductor, was born in Timisoara, Hungary (now Romania), in 1911. He became a French citizen and was active in the RÃ©sistance, and was made an officer in the French Legion of Honor.
After courses at the Vienna Conservatory and studies in piano and composition (as well as law) in Paris. He left Romania in 1928 for a year of studies in Vienna, then travelled on to Paris. There he studied with Alfred Cortot, Nadia Boulanger and Vlado Perlemuter at the Ã‰cole Normale de Musique. In 1934 he began studies with French conductor Pierre Monteux, following him to San Francisco where Bruck served as Monteux's assistant. He went on to direct the Netherlands Opera, the Strasbourg Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Paris Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, making many guest appearances and recordings and championing many 20th-century composers.
After the Second World War, Bruck assumed chief conductor positions with the Orchestra of the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam (1950-1954), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg (1955-1965), and the Orchestre Philharmonique de l'ORTF in Paris (1965-1970). In 1969, he succeeded Monteux as director of his conducting school in Maine, a post he held for twenty-six years until his death there in 1995.
Bruck was a champion of contemporary music and presented hundreds of world premieres in his career. He also taught at The Hartt School of Music where he served as Director of Orchestral Activities. He was a visiting professor at Princeton University in 1992.
Bruck died in Hancock, Maine, USA. A play about his career as Master of the Pierre Monteux School, called MUSE OF FIRE, written by David Katz, one of his students, was premiered in Maine in 2005 and has since toured extensively."
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 22 July, 1995