Voices like that of Leonce-Antoine Escalais do not seem to exist any more today. The French heldentenor has a completely different nature than his German counterpart, who often has his roots in the baritone-fach and whose voice, on acoustic recordings, is usually shown off to a better advantage. Escalais never sang Wagner. His voice was clear and bright, it rang out with incredible intensity of sound and his top, which remained intact until the end of his career, was brilliant. He was the ideal interpreter for Meyerbeer and Halevy, for whose works we are short of adequate tenor voices nowadays, even in France. His recordings prove that he had the most brilliant voice among the French singers: he was the worthy successor to Duprez andRead more Nourrit. In Italy he was compared to the great Tamagno, but the Frenchman's voice was more beautiful and had a fuller sound, also he could produce the most beautiful lyrical phrases. Unsurpassed are his brilliantly ringing top notes, which like a laser beam cut through the trio from "Guillaume Tell" or the septet from "Les Huguenots." Read less
Les Huguenots: Ah! l'ingrat d'une offense mortelleby Giacomo Meyerbeer Performer:
Ferruccio Corradetti (Baritone),
Oreste Luppi (Bass),
Giuseppe Sala (Voice),
Antonio Magini-Coletti (Baritone),
Léonce Escalais (Tenor),
Angelo Algos (Voice),
Giovanni Masotti (Voice)
Period: Romantic Written: 1836; France Date of Recording: 1905 Language: Italian
Le Prophète: Roi du cielby Giacomo Meyerbeer Performer:
Léonce Escalais (Tenor)
Period: Romantic Written: 1849; Germany Date of Recording: 1905 Language: French
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