V1393. EZIO PINZA: Songs by d’Esposito, Vian, Lara, Rome, Rodgers, Schertzinger, Schwartz, Jones, Lane, Arlen, Weill, Kern, Lerner-Loewe, Cole Porter, etc. (Austria) Preiser 89707, recorded 1950-54. - 717281897075
“Pinza’s artistry is always rewarding, especially if there’s some real substance to the material: songs by Kern, Porter, Rodgers, and Kurt Weill….the unique voice is in fine shape, rich and virile, often refining itself down to gossamer pianissimos.”
- Ralph V. Lucano, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2008
“…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