V0186. ZINKA MILANOV, w.Bozidar Kunc (Pf.): Songs by Strauss, Kunc & Hageman; w.Weissmann, Mitropoulos, Cellini & Basile Cond.: Arias & Scenes (w.Harshaw, Peerce, Warren & Moscona) from Il Trovatore, Forza, Gianni Schicchi, La Gioconda, Norma, Cavalleria, Ballo & Rusalka. RCA 60074, recorded 1945-58. Transfers by Seth B. Winner. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 090266007424
"One of the last of a breed of thoroughbred singers, [Milanov] is mistress of an operatic grandeur that has all but vanished."
- John Ardoin, Metropolitan Opera Archives
"In the dramatic Italian roles, the greatest soprano I ever sang with was Zinka Milanov. Milanov had one of the greatest voices of this century - she had such power, such dramatic drive in her voice - and she had such pure top tones, including a pianissimo even on the high C, if she wanted."
- Alexander Kipnis
"Ah, Milanov, the great Milanov. You must know that for me it was the queen of voices."
- Licia Albanese
"How I wish I could share with the world the tonal memories I have of [Milanov] singing in each of these [operas, GIOCONDA & NORMA]: it was unlike anything since, and very likely anything to come....a ravishing thread of gold over me, over the audience, and straight to heaven."
- Blanche Thebom, THE OPERA QUARTERLY, Spring, 1990
"That great voice would resound around the Metropolitan Opera House long after she halted the note. Forte or piano, it didn't matter - either one. I don't have to put on a record to hear Milanov's voice when I want to, either. I can call that sound to mind any time I want just in my head. That's what being unforgettable means."
- Regina Resnik
"When referring to Milanov, who was then in her fifties, the writer - of the article in Time magazine many years ago centering on Tebaldi and Callas - mentioned that as far as sheer beauty of voice was concerned, [Milanov's] was still the most beautiful. I concur. It was luminous, had an amazing ability to blend with the strings of the orchestra, and seemed to come from no place at all, but swim around and fill every contour of the hall. The sound of this particular voice, to me the most beautiful of all voices, continues to fill me with increasing wonder'."
- Raymond Beegle, FANFARE, May/June, 2006
"In my childhood in St. Petersburg I heard Battistini and Tetrazzini. After our family's post-revolution escape to New York, which took in fact several very difficult years, I heard Caruso, Gigli, Destinn, Ponselle, Muzio, Ruffo, Chaliapin. In later life, I heard Milanov, one of the last throwbacks to the great singing of earlier eras. To be able to command the full space of a house the size of the Metropolitan with a mere thread of tone, that is greatness."
- Aida Favia-Artsay