Boris Godounov  (Mitropoulos;  London, Tozzi, Kullman, Gari, Thebom)  (3-Walhall 0327)
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Boris Godounov  (Mitropoulos;  London, Tozzi, Kullman, Gari, Thebom)  (3-Walhall 0327)
OP2127. BORIS GODOUNOV (in English), Live Performance, 10 March, 1956, w.Mitropoulos Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; George London, Giorgio Tozzi, Charles Kullman, Giulio Gari, Blanche Thebom, etc. (E.U.) 3-Walhall 0327. - 4035122653274


“[George] London’s diction is superb and appropriately royal throughout the entire afternoon – not a syllable is slighted, and the word sits confidently in his legato….Foremost [among the supporting artists] is Giorgio Tozzi as Pimen. The basso’s instrument bears not a single vestige of age…the voice is almost too beautiful for its mission as recorder of the history of Russia. But Tozzi creates so sympathetic a portrait by the naturalness of his diction, the easy play of tone, the subtle modifications of volume and manner, that Pimen’s story-telling is not just believable but entrancing.”

- Paul Jackson, SIGN-OFF FOR THE OLD MET, pp.201 & 203

“In the many performances I have appeared in, there were many wonderful colleagues who had me in raptures. There were those with magnificent voices, or great musicians, wonderful actors or great personalities. But George London had it ALL. He was as impressive on stage as he was the wonderful colleague and friend in his private life.”

- Birgit Nilsson, as quoted in Leonardo A. Ciampa’s THE TWILIGHT OF BELCANTO, p.130

“George London was a dramatic and very expressive singer. In many rôles he sang like a demonic panther with a sound of purple-black in color. London was a singer favoring the drama in a piece, varying color to suggest shifts of mood. His acting on stage was described as overwhelming. The special magnetism of this artist is documented on his great recordings. Every rôle he sang was sung with utmost expression and unbelievable commitment, truly a singing-actor!”

- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile

"In a field long dominated by Europeans, Ms. Thebom was part of the first midcentury wave of American opera singers to attain international careers. Associated with the Met from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s, she was praised by critics for her warm voice, attentive phrasing and sensitive acting."

- Margalit Fox, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 28 March, 2010