This programme reveals many jewels in the Russian archives from the twenties to the seventies with the focus on the major singers of the period. There was a 'golden age' for the arts during the worst years of Soviet rule. Producers and artists were hugely supported with generous state funds and patronage. With stills, audio recordings and archive footage, the programme reveals the atmosphere at the theatre, the friendly rivalry of the two tenors Lemeshev and Kozlovsky. But most of all, this film is about great Russian voices, including wonderful archive footage of these great singers and their superb performances capturing 'The Vintage Years' of Russian opera.