V0839. VINSON COLE, w.Patrick Stephens (Pf.): Songs by Hahn, Bizet & Massenet. Delos 3131, recorded 1993, New York. Final copy! – 013491313122
“American tenor Vinson Cole is internationally recognized as one of the leading artists of his generation. His career has taken him to all of the major opera houses across the globe including the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris Bastille, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels, Berlin State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Munich State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Opera Australia and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Seattle Opera and many more. Equally celebrated for his concert appearances, Cole has been a frequent guest of the most prestigious orchestras throughout the world and has collaborated with the greatest conductors of this era including Christoph Eschenbach, Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Gerard Schwarz, as well as Sir Geor Solti and Giuseppe Sinopoli. Cole had an especially close working relationship with the late Herbert von Karajan, who brought the artist to the Salzburg Festival to sing the Italian Tenor in DER ROSENKAVALIER - the first of many performances there together. Their collaboration went on to include works such as Verdi's REQUIEM, Beethoven's MISSA SOLEMNIS, Mozart's REQUIEM, and Bruckner's TE DEUM. Many of these were issued on recordings on Deutsche Grammophon.
Vinson Cole débuted in Santa Fe as Fenton in FALSTAFF, at the NYCO as Rodolfo in LA BOHEME, at the Paris Opéra as Belmonte, at the Nice Opera in MARIA STUARDA, at the Vienna State Opera in LA TRAVIATA, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in a new production of LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, at the Chicago Lyric in the title rôle of IDOMENEO, at the Berlin State Opera under Daniel Barenboim in the revival of Busoni's rarely performed DIE BRAUTWAHL, at Wiener Festwochen in ALCESTE, at theTeatro San Carlo, Naples, in I PURITANI, at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in DAMNATION DE FAUST, at the Hamburg State Opera in CARMEN and at the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in the title rôle of DON CARLOS. He made his La Scala début in Gluck's IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE under Riccardo Muti and returned to Milan for DON GIOVANNI and Gluck's ARMIDE, both under Maestro Muti. ARMIDE was staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi and opened the 1995 La Scala season. Cole was also heard at the Scala in HOFFMANN and DAMNATION. In 1988 Cole made his Metropolitan Opera début in 1988 as Alfredo in DIE FLEDERMAUS and later returned to the house for MANON, TRAVIATA, LA BOHEME, L'ELISIR D'AMORE, GIANNI SCHICCHI, and CARMEN. He also appeared with the company on tour in Japan in Berlioz's DAMNATION DE FAUST under James Levine. He débuted at the Seattle Opera in Gluck's ORPHEE ET EURYDICE and this production marked the beginning of a long relationship with the company in yearly productions.”
- Ned Ludd