OP0506. UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Live Performance, 15 Jan., 1944, w.Bruno Walter Cond.Met Opera Ensemble; Zinka Milanov, Jan Peerce, Leonard Warren, Kerstin Thorborg, Frances Greer, etc. (Italy) 2-ASdisc 428/29. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy!
"A first-class of group of principals responds to Walter's leadership. Thorborg is the most convincing of Ulricas, primarily because she has a sizable, well-knit voice which surmounts the ungainly aspects of her music - she is wonderfully mysterious and conspiratorial. The vocal honors of the afternoon fall to Warren [who] has reached full mastery of his powers. His vocal command is complete. The entire afternoon is his triumph. Peerce, equally self-assured, gives one of his finest performances. Fear and agitation are the built-in mental states of Amelia throughout of the opera, and Milanov suffers no deficiency there; she is actively involved in the dramatic situation. The [rarely occasional] Milanov blemishes are like a chip on a fine Titian."
- Paul Jackson, SIGN-OFF FOR THE OLD MET, pp.347-49
"One of the last of a breed of thoroughbred singers, [Milanov] is mistress of an operatic grandeur that has all but vanished."
- John Ardoin, Metropolitan Opera Archives
“Milanov came like a bolt out of heaven - the voice and the young woman, both so vibrant and exciting. We knew something great had come into [the Met’s] Italian wing. What was not obvious at the beginning was that she would have such a staying power, for she gave so much in her singing.…I was present years later on her great anniversaries and she sang at mine [the fiftieth anniversary of [my] Met début, 1963]. She was incomparable. She was like a vocal sorceress singing the OTELLO arias that night. Such a roar went up from the public, I can never forget it.”
- Giovanni Martinelli