V2478. ALAIN VANZO: Songs by Barriere & Krier-Helmer (the latter's 'Le rêve passe') (Vanzo’s first recording, 1954); Arias from La Navarraise, Benvenuto Cellini, Lakmé, Mignon, Mireille, Roméo, Werther, Les Pêcheurs 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 AMR 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 was born in Monaco in April, 1928 and was apparently a gifted musician from an early age. From an inauspicious start, he was eventually heard by a singing teacher who recognized his talents, and from that point on he was lucky enough to be integrated into the French music scene where he triumphed in various performances. He made his début 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, then on 20 April, 1965, he sang with Montserrat Caballé (her American début) 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 and this disc shows exactly why he was so well respected.”
"In 1985, at age 57, [Vanzo] starred in the Paris Opéra’s historic revival of ROBERT LE DIABLE by Meyerbeer, 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