This was the first recording of "La Boheme" I ever listened to, over thirty years ago. Since then, I've heard nearly every available commercial recording, and more than a few pirated versions, and this is still the one I keep returning to. Each of the individual performances (conductor and orchestra included) is dramatically specific and nuanced. It matters not in the least that Tucker sounds a tad mature in the role at this point in his career -- it's still glorious singing, and the sense of vulnerability he conveys is heartbreaking. I agree with the other reviewer that Moffo's early scenes seem more focused on vocal allure than characterization, but it's nevertheless true that 1) the vocal glamour is *astonishing* and unsurpassed, and 2) Moffo's characterization grows exponentially from Act 1 to the catastrophic encounter with Marcello in Act 3 (she is unmatched here). Costa is perfect as Musetta in every way. Leinsdorf's conducting is as responsive as one could wish (vs. Karajan's lugubrious reading, which sabotages Pavarotti and Freni).