OP1398. LOUISE, Live Performance, 20 Feb., 1943, w.Beecham Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Grace Moore, Raoul Jobin, Doris Doe, Ezio Pinza, etc.; TOSCA - Act III, Live Performance, w.Panizza Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Grace Moore, Frederick Jagel & Alexander Svéd, Alessio de Paolis, etc. (England) 3-Walhall 9. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 5019148003557
"[Moore's] voice takes on a lovelier glow, and she gives herself to the music, singing with tremendous exuberance and vibrant tone; how well suited is she by temperament to this expansive, uncomplicated rapture!....De Schauensee, always an astute observer, called her the most 'plausible' Louise the Metropolitan had known (and he had heard Farrar and Bori at the Met, as well as Garden, the most celebrated Louise of all)."
- Paul Jackson, SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD MET, p.290
"After training in France, Moore made her operatic début at the Metropolitan Opera on 7 February, 1928, singing the role of Mimì in Puccini's LA BOHEME. She debuted at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 29 September, 1928 in the same role, which she also performed in a Royal Command Performance at Covent Garden in London on 6 June, 1935. During her sixteen seasons with the Metropolitan Opera, she sang in several Italian and French operas as well as the title roles in TOSCA, MANON and LOUISE. LOUISE was her favorite opera and is widely considered to have been her greatest role."
- Ned Ludd
“Grace’s only failing – if, indeed, she had one – was that she lived and breathed headlines, and was a master at creating them. When describing events to interviewers, she embellished liberally and encouraged others to follow suit. She delighted in the resulting press she got – no matter how outrageous it was….Offstage, Grace was the foodstuff of a gossip columnist’s diet. In newsprint she became an earthy woman who sampled love at every table – and rumor had it that the tables were numerous.”
- Rosa Ponselle, PONSELLE, A SINGER’S LIFE, p.138
“…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