B1134. LEON DAVID. La Vie d’un Ténor [Autobiography]. Paris, Fontenay Le Comte, P. & O. Lussaud, 1950. 405pp. Photos. (French Text) Softbound. Excellent, albeit detached front cover.
“French tenor, Léon David, studied in Nantes and in Paris, making his début in 1892 at Monte Carlo as Euxenos in Noël Desjoyeaux's GYPTIS. Later that year he began a long engagement at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, by singing Iopas in LES TROYENS. His repertory included Almaviva, George Brown (LA DAME BLANCHE), Gerald (LAKMÉ), Des Grieux (MANON), Wilhelm Meister (MIGNON), Nadir, Vincent (MIREILLE), Werther and Don José. Between 1900 and 1907 he sang at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, where his rôles included Belmonte and Dimitri in Franco Alfano's RISURREZIONE. In 1913 he created Paco in Manuel de Falla's LA VIDA BREVE at Nice. His voice, a lyric tenor, was of beautiful quality. He retired from the Opéra-Comique in 1920 and was professor of singing at the Paris Conservatoire from 1924 to 1937. His autobiography, LA VIE D'UN TÉNOR, was published in 1950.”
- Zillah D. Akron