OP1972. LA BOHEME, Live Performance, 12 Dec., 1942, w.Sodero Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Grace Moore, Frederick Jagel, Frank Valentino, Frances Greer, Ezio Pinza, Salvatore Baccaloni, etc. (England) 2-Walhall WHL 5. Very Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 5019148003519
"[Moore's voice's] chief glory is a highly individual timbre which gleams with a diamondlike hardness, but at the same time is sensuously suggestive."
- Paul Jackson, SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD MET, p.192
"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
“Frederick Jagel began his education with William Brady and Vincenzo Portanova in New York and concluded with Corace Cataldi-Tassoni in Milan. He made his début in 1924 at the Teatro in Livorno under the name Federico Jeghelli as Rodolfo in LA BOHÈME. He guested at different Italian operatic stages and sang during a season at the Italian Opera in Holland. In 1927 he was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in New York where he appeared longer than twenty years (under his own name Frederick Jagel). He made his début as Radames. At the Metropolitan Opera he was highly acclaimed especially as an interpreter of the Italian repertoire, however, he also sang Wagner roles (Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Tristan) and in 1930 the role of Gritzko in the Met première of Mussorgsky’s THE FAIR AT SOROCHYNTSI. His special star role was Herod in SALOME. In 1948 he sang the title role in the Met première of PETER GRIMES. From 1930 he guested regularly at the San Francisco Opera, in 1928 and in the 1939-1941 seasons at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 1943 he appeared at the Chicago Opera‘ as Lohengrin, in 1942 at the City Center Opera as Herod.”
- Ashot Arkelyan
"Frank Valentino was an American baritone (actually born Frank Valentine Dinhaupt in the Bronx) who was re-christened Francesco Valentino by an Italian impresario who thought he would have more success if he appeared to be Italian). He had a major two-decade career at the Met, one of a long line of American Verdi baritones (Tibbett, Warren, Merrill, Milnes) who made that company their main homes. We cannot pretend that Valentino had the vocal distinction of those others; the voice lacked the sheen and individual sound of importance that they all had. But he was at the very top of the second level, singing with a real presence and understanding of the idiom and an admirable vocal security. He is a real asset to the whole."
- Henry Fogel, FANFARE, Nov./Dec., 2015