DVD0429. SADKO (Rimsky-Korsakov), Live Performance, 1980, w.Simonov Cond. Bolshoi Theater Ensemble; Vladimir Atlantov, Tamara Milashkina, Irina Arkhipova, Nina Grigorieva, Alexander Ognivtsev, Lev Kuznetsov, Alexander Voroshilo, Boris Morozov, etc. VAI 4512. - 089948451297
“This 1980 presentation by the Bolshoi Opera is commendable for its lush costumes, its excellent chorus, and its fine cast which includes some of Russia’s best singers. Vladimir Atlantov’s lyric tenor is beautiful, ample, and alluring; he is the dominant stage personality and acts Sadko’s character quite well. Lyubava is a small rôle for the accomplished mezzo Irina Arkhipova (who died last year). She was one of Russia’s most celebrated singers, known for the wide range of her voice, its emotional warmth and range of tonal colors….The sound is very good. This opera is worth every opera fan’s attention, and this video will do nicely.”
- Kurt Moses, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/Aug., 2010
“Atlantov was one of the reigning singers at the Bolshoi Theater in the 1960s and '70s, with a powerful voice, particularly in the top register, and emotional intensity well-suited for overwrought roles such as Don José in CARMEN and Gherman in Tchaikovsky's PIQUE DAME.
His family was a musical one and he studied at the Leningrad Conservatory, graduating in 1963, and making his début at the Kirov Theater the same year. From 1963 to 1965, he also studied at La Scala's apprentice singer program, and returning to the Soviet Union, won the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition, and joined the Bolshoi the year after. While most of his career was in the Soviet Union, he did make occasional appearances abroad, including his Covent Garden début in 1987 as Otello.”
- Anne Feeney, allmusic.com