"Here is Jon Vickers in his most famous role, conducted by Sir Colin Davis, in the fine Covent Garden production of Elijah Moshinsky. Heather Harper is Ellen Orford. Vickers is here the very embodiment of the tortured, alienated outsider. (1981)"
"Tristan was one of Vickers' most challenging parts. In fact, few tenors have even surmounted the vocal difficulties of the notorious role, but Vickers--as we see here--enacts the knight in a fashion that has surely never been equaled. (1976)"
"This DVD may be the most extraordinary example of Vickers' acting extant; his plastique here is incomparable. The great Renata Scotto and Cornell MacNeil conspire to give us arguably the greatest 'Otello' ever recorded (1978), despite Franco Zeffirelli's vulgar production."
"This production by John Dexter is an example of opera given at the highest level. Teresa Stratas was at her finest here, along with Nicolai Gedda, Martti Talvela, and Alan Crofoot. Vickers sings the role of Va¬öek to heartbreaking effect. (1978)"
"Here is the great Vickers soaring through popular Italian arias, in vivid voice, transforming our conceptions of these hackneyed excerpts. Rather than a merely 'beautiful' voice, he gives us an 'expressive' voice. Tullio Serafin is the maestro here. (1961)"
"Vickers sings the tenor-solo part of the Verdi Requiem, and gives a moving rendition of his music. Where other tenors simply yell throughout this masterpiece, the tenor gives us his most controlled, exquisite singing. (1969-70)"