V2479. SÁNDOR KÓNYA: Arias from L'Africaine, La Gioconda, Gianni Schicchi, Martha, L'Elisir, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, La Fanciulla del West, La Boheme, Manon Lescaut, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Aďda, Lohengrin & Die Meistersinger. [A really wonderful recital, beautifully sung and fabulously well-recorded!] (France) Malibran AMR 117.
“Mr. Kónya had a powerful, dramatic voice and was most highly regarded as a Wagnerian tenor. But his broad repertory also included several of the major Verdi and Puccini rôles, as well as Edgardo in Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and Turiddu in Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA. Although his Wagner was criticized by some for embodying an Italianate sob, Mr. Kónya's admirers prized exactly that tendency toward stylistic cross-pollination. Just as he brought the emotional lyricism of Italian opera to Germanic rôles, he sang Italian rôles with the big, heroic sound more typically heard in German works.
Mr. Kónya studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, as well as in Milan and at the Music Academy of Detmold, in northwestern Germany. In 1951 he made his professional début as Turiddu at the Bielefeld Opera. He remained on the company's roster for three years, during which he expanded his repertory, both in grand opera and in lighter rôles.”
- Allan Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 6 June, 2002