"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."
"Another of Vickers' great successes was in 'Les troyens,' in the difficult part of Énée. It was during performances at Covent Garden that this set was made, and a 'pirate' recording of one of those performances has been issued, on Opera Depot, with a different Didon (Dame Janet Baker) and a different Cassandre (Anja Silja). It is electrifying. (1969)"
"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 Vašek to heartbreaking effect. (1978)"
"Herbert von Karajan directed this fine film of 'Carmen,' and it features Grace Bumbry, Vickers, Mirella Freni, and Justino Díaz. Watch Vickers' Don José disintegrate under his own lust and weakness. (1967)"
"Surprisingly, this was the only production in which Vickers sang Pollione. Happily, it was filmed to great effect, with Montserrat Caballé in the name part. Once again, one sees Vickers finding so much more in the part than does the average tenor. (1974)"
"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)"
"Lastly, a 'pirate' recording as a reminder of Vickers' appearances opposite Maria Callas. It is the old, corrupt, Italian version of the French opéra-comique, but in this Dallas performance, Callas and Vickers are incandescent. As the diva said at the prima, 'At last, a tenor who can act!' (1958)"