OP0600. IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Live Performance, 1 March, 1941, w.Papi Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; John Charles Thomas, Ezio Pinza, Salvatore Baccaloni, Josephine Tuminia, Bruno Landi, etc. (England) 2-Guild 2296/97. [Very long unavailable, it is wonderful to have a few copies, once again.] - 795754229721
“Miss Tuminia's best effort is her assured tossing off of Proch's 'Theme and Variations' in the lesson scene: her trill is adequate, flashing staccati are obviously her forte, and in the well-sung (and obligatory) cadenza with flute she manages to summon a decent fullness of tone....Landi's vocal finesse in the old 'tenore di grazia' manner restores some integrity to the Rossini vocal line.”
- Paul Jackson, SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE OLD MET, p.230
"The baritone John Charles Thomas was one of the most popular American singers in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. He had a beautiful, smooth, and even voice of considerable power, and he used it with intelligence and flair in operatic roles as well as in lighter fare such as operetta and the popular music of the time….Thomas sings everything with conviction, honestly and with fine expression and diction."
- Kurt Moses, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, March/April, 2007
"Thomas’ voice is one of the most ample, wide-ranging and evenly produced baritones on record. Hear him in…the well-known air from Leoncavallo’s ZAZŔ, and you will understand instantly why it could be cited, as a voice, along with Caruso, Ponselle and Pinza."
- John Steane, GRAMOPHONE, Oct., 2006