Henri Legay   (Malibran 735)
Item# V1707
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Henri Legay   (Malibran 735)
V1707. HENRI LEGAY: Arias from Don Giovanni, La Dame Blanche, Joseph, Lakmé, La Jolie Fille de Perth, Le Roi d’Ys, Les Huguenots, Werther, Manon, Mignon, Faust, Mireille, Marouf, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Martha, Pique Dame & Lohengrin. (France) Malibran 735. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 760000377355


“If ever a tenor could be described as underrated, it must be the French Henri Legay….On record, Legay is unfailingly musical and stylish, as we hear [above] opposite the equally wonderful Janine Micheau. He sings the famous Rondo with nicely turned trills and an easy top D-flat and, in my opinion, trumps the more famous and macho versions by Gedda and Roswaenge.”

- Patrick Bade, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2011

“Parisian-born Henri Legay (1920–1992) won first prize at the Conservatoire in 1947 but began his career singing in musical shows before making his operatic début in Brussels in 1950. He made his first major Parisian appearance as Gérald (LAKMÉ) in April 1952. His career was predominately a French-based one and centred at the Opéra-Comique and the provincial theatres, where he sang a wide range of rôles including Nadir (LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES), Julien (LOUISE), Wilhelm Meister (MIGNON), Alfredo (LA TRAVIATA), and the title parts in WERTHER, Gounod’s FAUST, and LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN. As a composer he is credited with over three hundred songs. His recordings include LE ROI D’YS, LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES, MAUROUF, and most notably MANON, opposite Victoria de los Ángeles and conducted by Pierre Monteux, widely regarded as the definitive recording of Massenet's opera. Along with such early twentieth century tenors as David Devries, Georges Thill and Léopold Simoneau, Legay represented a lost style of French operatic singing.”