OP2252. IVAN SUSANIN (A Life for the Tsar) (Glinka) (in Italian), Live Performance, 5 Dec. (not 9 Nov.), 1954, w.Simonetto Cond. RAI Ensemble, Milano; Boris Christoff, Virginia Zeani, Giuseppe Campora, etc. (E.U.) 2-Myto 00302. - 0801439903029
“This Romanian opera star was just one of a group of outstanding sopranos condemned to pursue their careers in the shadow of Callas, Tebaldi and Sutherland….Zeani is revealed as a totally dependable singer. The voice is lovely, if slightly of occluded quality and the scale even and well balanced through a wide range. Her interpretations are finely judged and often quite individual….Definitely an enjoyable experience.”
- Vivian A. Liff, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2009
“[Campora] had a true lyric spinto voice, a fine stage presence, and excellent technique, so it is surprising that he was never really ranked with the top tenors of his time….he sings with some sensitivity and a varied dynamic range.”
- Vivian A. Liff, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2007
"...there is the beauty of the voice itself, black and majestic, but capable of melting to the warmest of velvet; a voice that can damn and bless within the same breath. Add to all this a magnificent sense of presence and in Boris Christoff we have a true mastersinger of our time."
- Michael Letchford, Liner Notes to HMV LP set