OP0278. SAMSON ET DALILA, Live Performance, 26 Dec., 1936 featuring the ubiquitous Milton Cross announcements, w.Abravanel Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Gertrud Wettergren (replacing Rosa Ponselle in a performance which opened the 1936/37 Season), René Maison, Ezio Pinza, Emanuel List, John Gurney, etc. 2-Walhall 26. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 5019148605126
"Over the airwaves, Wettergren's voice has the necessary velvet for the seduction scenes, and she manages an easy, musical flow in the arias."
- Paul Jackson, SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD MET, p.128
“[Maison’s] efforts are to be applauded, as they are most fulfilling in every musical and artistic aspect imaginable, and underline the fact that he was one of the most histrionically and vocally talented tenors of his generation….René Maison’s voice has a timbre that…can perhaps be compared to a slightly dry, yet rich and full-bodied red wine. He was a big man physically, and his repertoire and the tone emitted on his recordings do indicate size, weight and a delivery that (according to critical reviews) must have demonstrated excellent projection.”
- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2011
“…the mellow fruitfulness of Pinza’s tone, the richness of its colouring, the sturdiness of its growth and the strength of its flavour….He remains now as one of the great basses of the century.”
- J. B. Steane, SINGERS OF THE CENTURY, Vol. I, pp.59-60
“Ezio Pinza was an Italian opera singer, a bass with a rich, smooth and sonorous voice, he spent 22 seasons at New York's Metropolitan Opera, appearing in more than 750 performances of 50 operas. Pinza also sang to great acclaim at La Scala, Milan, and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. He retired from the Met in 1948 and embarked on a second career in Broadway musicals. In April 1949, he appeared in Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, originating the rôle of French Planter Emil de Becque, and his operatic-style, highly expressive performance of the hit song ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ made him a matinée idol and a national celebrity. In 1950, he received a Tony Award for best lead actor in a musical.
Shortly before his death, Pinza completed his memoirs, which were published in 1958 by Rinehart. Photos taken during his career, as well as images of his family, were included in the book.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron