Léon Escalaïs

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Léon Escalaïs

Postby Opera Vivrà » 08 Jan 2016, 15:59

Léon Escalaïs sings "Sicilienne" from Meyerbeer's Robert Le Diable.
Escalaïs possessed a voice of scintillating heroism and effortless bright squillo. Facile, agile but remarkably strong and piercing.
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Re: Léon Escalaïs

Postby Jimlejim » 08 Jan 2016, 17:43

The color of the voice is not my cup of tea, but the top is like thunder. Exciting stuff.
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Re: Léon Escalaïs

Postby Alvari » 08 Jan 2016, 18:56

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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