V0187. SANDOR KONYA, w.Maag, de Fabritiis, Varviso, Rosenstock & Cleva Cond.: Arias & Duets (w.Crespin & Sutherland) from Contes d'Hoffmann, Lucia, Tosca, Don Carlos & Lohengrin. (Austria) 2-Melodram CDM 26518, Live Performances, 1964-69. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy!
"Mr. Konya had a powerful, dramatic voice and was most highly regarded as a Wagnerian tenor. But his broad repertory also included several of the major Verdi and Puccini roles, as well as Edgardo in Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and Turiddu in Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA. Although his Wagner was criticized by some for embodying an Italianate sob, Mr. Konya's admirers prized exactly that tendency toward stylistic cross-pollination. Just as he brought the emotional lyricism of Italian opera to Germanic roles, he sang Italian roles with the big, heroic sound more typically heard in German works.
Mr. Konya studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, as well as in Milan and at the Music Academy of Detmold, in northwestern Germany. In 1951 he made his professional debut as Turiddu at the Bielefeld Opera. He remained on the company's roster for three years, during which he expanded his repertory, both in grand opera and in lighter roles."
- Allan Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 6 June, 2002