V1845. ELEANOR STEBER, Her First Recordings, 1940, incl. Arias and Extended Scenes from Faust, Madama Butterfly & La Boheme (w.Raoul Jobin, Armand Tokatyan, Browning, Cehanovsky, Alvary & Norman Cordon). VAI 1023. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 089948102328
"From the first moment you heard Eleanor Steber you knew she was special. Even at the very beginning of her career she had that indefinable something that separates great artists from mechanical singers....VAI has rescued these discs, which Steber made anonymously in 1940 for $500, at the age of 25...."
- Lee Milazzo, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/August, 1993
"Steber definitely possessed the most glorious instrument of all, with its classically organized technique, impeccable management of breath support, easy agility and, above all, that phosphorescent top register….She was a singer who possessed a rare combination of vocal radiance, technical mastery and personal charisma, and during her best years, the distinctive purity, spinning tone and easy sweetness of her soprano [which] made her the Mozart-Strauss soprano of one’s dreams."
- Peter G. Davis, OPERA NEWS, Nov., 2003
“…among brilliantly successful singers in full career [in 1956] it is possible to name Eleanor Steber, one of the loveliest sopranos in existence….”
- Vincent Sheean, FIRST AND LAST LOVE, p.155