Alain Vanzo & Renee Doria              (Malibran 731)
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Alain Vanzo & Renee Doria              (Malibran 731)
V1884. ALAIN VANZO & REN�E DORIA: Duets from Faust, Manon, Les P�cheurs de Perles, La Traviata, Rigoletto & La Boheme; REN�E DORIA: Madama Butterfly � Tu, tu, piccolo iddio! (in French). (France) Malibran 731. - 7600003777317


"...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 the 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

"Renée Doria's official operatic debut took place in 1942, in Marseille, as Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. After singing Constance in THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO in Cannes under Reynaldo Hahn, and the three heroines (Olympia, Giulietta, Antonia) in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN in Strasbourg, opposite baritone Vanni Marcoux, she made her Paris debut at the Gaité-Lyrique in 1943, as Lakmé, and the following year, made her debut at the Opéra-Comique, in the same role. Her debut at the Paris Opéra in 1947, as the Queen of the Night in THE MAGIC FLUTE, was highly successful. Other roles at that house included Leila in LES PECHEURS DE PERLES, the title role in MIREILLE, Marguérite in FAUST, Juliette in ROMEO ET JULIETTE, Ophélie in HAMLET, Manon, Thais, as well as Fiordiligi in COSI FAN TUTTE, Gilda in RIGOLETTO, and Violetta in LA TRAVIATA, etc.

Doria also sang in baroque music such as Rameau's LES INDES GALANTES, and contemporary works, such as Ravel's L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE, and Poulenc's DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES. In her thirty year career, Doria sang an estimated sixty roles."

- Zillah Akron Dorset