V1252. GUSTAVE BOTIAUX: Arias from La Reine de Saba, Roméo, Faust, La Favorite, Carmen, La Damnation de Faust, Guillaume Tell, L’Africaine, La Juive, Hérodiade, Sigurd, Samson et Dalila, Aïda, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Tosca, Turandot, Andrea Chénier, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut & Das Land des Lächelns. (France) 2-Malibran 668. - 3760003776681
“Gustave Botiaux, who was most popular with l’Opéra-Comique, was a splendid lyric tenor, but not without some reinforced steeliness when needed. He is easy throughout the range.”
- David Cutler, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2015
“Gustave Botiaux is a French operatic tenor who was winner of the Cannes competition in 1954. He was soon engaged as first tenor at the Theâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, then soon thereafter the Paris Opéra. Botiaux’s voice tone is of a of rare quality; an athletic physique and outsized charisma naturally led to performances as Samson, Radames, Lohengrin, Jean, Roméo, Faust, Don José, Werther, Julien in a memorable LOUISE, plus Mario in TOSCA, the Duke of Mantua, Turridu and Pinkerton. Botiaux was most popular with l’Opéra-Comique where he lent his booming voice, his enthusiasm and his presence in Turridu, while the legendary Tony Poncet triumphed in Canio. His constant success in all jobs led to Japan and the USSR.
It was France which gave him two of his most iconic roles: Vasco de Gama in L'AFRICAINE, and, more importantly, the role of Sigurd in which he evoked the reputation of its famous predecessors, including César Vezzani and José Luccioni.
In 1960, he recorded four operatic recitals (33 rpm and 45 rpm) and a few selections from these recordings have been reissued as a double CD album with Malibran-Music.”
- Ned Ludd