'In July 2008 a live broadcast of Reggie Goodall conducting The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at Sadler's Wells Theatre in 1968 was made available on CD for the first time, released on Chandos Records' "Opera in English" label. The impact of hearing Goodall's legendary performance, forty years on, was a knock-out, not only among those who, like me, were lucky enough to have witnessed the original production, but also among younger generations. No wonder that after his magisterial account of The Mastersingers Goodall was invited to conduct an "English" Ring at the London Coliseum in the 1975. This in turn had inspired me to go knocking on doors to ensure that his Ring performances were preserved on record.
What had become very evident, from both the reception of The Mastersingers recording and the enthusiastic response to The Genius of Valhalla event at the Coliseum, was that a new edition of John Lucas's biography of Goodall would not only feed renewed interest in this remarkable musician, but also restore an important strand in the history of operatic development in Britain during the latter half of the twentieth century.'