"1980: The list author believes Philippe II was Paul Plishka's greatest role. While he did not resemble the great Catholic monarch of history, he triumphs in the complex role, here in John Dexter's severe, magnificent production, with Renata Scotto as a great Élisabeth de Valois."
"1979: Six years later, the bass essayed Oroveso again for the studio, now with Scotto as the most musical--and controversial--of Normas. (Would either of these sets had contracted a lyric soprano as Adalgisa....)"
"1977: Here is the historic first telecast of 'Live From the Met,' with Scotto and Maralin Niska as Mimě and Musetta, respectively. Plishka, as Colline, was introduced to an immense audience through this presentation."
"1981: Plishka is luxury casting as the philosopher Alidoro. Frederica von Stade cannot make one forget the great singing-actress Susanne Marsee in the title role, but nevertheless sings beautifully, and Francisco Araiza is a sensation as Don Ramiro, in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's charming film."