Rose Bampton       (VAI 1084)
Item# V0225
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Rose Bampton       (VAI 1084)
V0225. ROSE BAMPTON, w.Pelletier & Steinberg Cond.: Arias & Scenes from Aïda, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser & Tristan. VAI 1084, recorded 1940. - 089948108429

CRITIC REVIEWS:

"...one relishes the personal allure of [Bampton's] voice, a dark, complex sound with shafts of silver, the lingering sweetness of her accents, her sweep to the top. When she and Leonard Warren pour out floods of tone in the Nile scene, one is hearing the authentic article. Bampton studied Aïda with Tullio Serafin, and her hard work results in real eloquence in the tomb scene. Her Wagner is even better."

- Albert Innaurato, OPERA NEWS, March, 1996



"Rose Bampton, an American opera singer who switched from mezzo-soprano to soprano and sang leading roles in both ranges at the Metropolitan Opera….in January, 1940, she appeared at the Met as Aïda one Saturday and as Amneris a week later….By the time she married Wilfrid Pelletier, a conductor at the Met, in 1937 (he died in 1982)…[she] decided to return to the soprano repertory."

- Allan Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 23 Aug., 2007



"Rose had one of the finest mezzo-soprano voices I ever heard - and I say that without any hesitation. Stately and beautiful, she was a gifted actress and was never less than total in her study of a new role....Rose's ruby-like mezzo was a phenomenon...."

- Rosa Ponselle, A SINGER'S LIFE, p.138