V1576. STELLA ROMAN, w.Rodzinski Cond.: Ah! Perfido! (Beethoven); Arias from Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Aïda, Die Tote Stadt & Andrea Chénier – Live Performance, 18 July, 1950, Los Angeles; w.Luigi Ricci Cond.: Arias from Il Trovatore - recorded Roma, 1952; w.Bruno Walter Cond.: Arias from Forza – Live Performance, 23 Jan., 1943; w.Emil Cooper Cond.: La Gioconda – Suicidio! – Live Performance, 3 March, 1945; Stella Roman, Frederick Jagel, Leonard Warren, Anna Kaskas, Doris Doe, etc.; Calusio Cond.: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA – Live Performance, 1 Feb., 1941. (France) 2–Malibran 719. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 7600003777195
“Stella Roman, née Florica Vierica Alma Stela Blasu, was born in Cluj, Romania. She studied in Rome with Giuseppina Baldassare-Tedeschi and made her Italian début at Piacenza in 1932. After appearing successfully at the Rome Opera, she sang the rôle of the Empress in the La Scala première of DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN in 1940. She made her Metropolitan début as Aïda in 1941. During the 1940s she alternated with Zinka Milanov in big Italian rôles. She appeared at San Francisco during the same period, where her rôles included Donna Anna, Mimi and the Marschallin, a rôle she repeated at the San Carlo in Naples in 1951.
According to one commentator, ‘An unorthodox and sometimes hectic technique prevented the singer and her warm, beautiful lirico-dramatic voice from achieving greatness, but she was a fascinating artist capable of effortless, high pianissimos and vibrant climaxes, as can be heard in off-the-air performances from the Metropolitan, notably her Amelia (UN BALLO IN MASCHERA) and Desdemona'.”
- Z. D. Akron