OP2572. BORIS GODOUNOV, Live Performance, 6 Dec., 1958, w.Kubelik Cond. Royal Opera House Ensemble; Boris Christoff, Geraint Evans, Joseph Rouleau, Joseph Gostic, Otakar Kraus, Josephine Veasey, Regina Resnik, etc.
(E.U.) 3-Myto 00312. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 0801439903128
"...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
“Joseph Rouleau studied in Milan under Mario Basiola and Antonio Narducci. By 1950, he had sung small roles with the Opéra national du Québec and the Minute Opera in Montreal. Rouleau made his first appearance with Covent Garden in London in 1956. During the next 20 years, he held leading roles in more than 40 productions. His Count Rodolfo in Bellini’s LA SONNAMBULA, with Joan Sutherland in 1960, led to a collaboration with the soprano that included Rouleau’s debut at the Paris Opéra that year as Raimondo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. He won high praise during an Australian tour in 1965–66, particularly for his Assur in Rossini’s SEMIRAMIDE. His tours of the USSR (1965–66; 1966–67; 1969–70), singing FAUST, DON CARLOS, and BORIS GODUNOV, brought great acclaim. He made his New York City Opera debut as Méphistophélès in FAUST In 1968. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as the Grand Inquisitor in Verdi's DON CARLOS under James Levine on 13 Apr 1984. An untiring performer, Rouleau continued to perform in his later years.”
- Giles Bryant, THE CANADIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA, 9 May, 2007