V2478. ALAIN VANZO: Songs by Barriere & Krier-Helmer (the latter's 'Le reve passe') (Vanzo's first recording, 1954); Arias from La Navarraise, Benvenuto Cellini, LakmÃ©, Mignon, Mireille, RomÃ©o, Werther, Les Pecheurs de Perles, Le Roi d'Ys, Richard Coeur de Lion, La Jolie Fille de Perth, Manon, Faust, I Vespri Siciliani & Don Carlos; 1982 Interview with Jacques Bertrand. (France) Malibran 115, recorded 1954-62.
"...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 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