Discussion of historic singers: Francesco Merli, Giuseppe De Luca, Richard Tauber, Conchita Supervía, etc.
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Léon Escalaïs sings "Sicilienne" from Meyerbeer's Robert Le Diable.
Learn more about Léon Escalaïs: http://www.operavivra.com/artists/tenors/leon-escalais/Escalaïs possessed a voice of scintillating heroism and effortless bright squillo. Facile, agile but remarkably strong and piercing.
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Escalais was a wonderful heroic Bel Canto tenor, the sort you would want to hear as Arnold in Rossini's Guillaume Tell. I wonder if his sound is anything close to Gilbert Duprez, the innovator of the high C from the chest? Very few tenors could compete with the facilty and power of Escalais' top notes. Tamagno, Lauri-Volpi, Filippeschi and Tony Poncet, perhaps...
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