Michel Dens                (Malibran 195)
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Michel Dens                (Malibran 195)
V1990. MICHEL DENS: Arias from Barbiere, La Favorite, Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame, Faust, Hamlet, Marouf, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Roi de Lahore, Thaïs, Hérodiade, Si J’étais Roi, La Damnation de Faust, Tannhäuser, Pagliacci, Il Trovatore & Otello – recorded 1947-58; Michel Dens, w.Lillian Roux (Pf.): Thaïs – Voilà donc, la terrible cité – Live Performance, 24 Oct., 1986, Marseille, plus spoken tribute by André Segond. (France) Malibran 195. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 7600003771957


“Michel Dens ranks with Robert Merrill and Pavel Lisitsian as one of the great lyric baritones of the period after the Second World War. Born in Roubaix, he studied the violin as a boy and planned to go into the textile business, but was urged to take his singing seriously, studied at the local Conservatoire and made his début in 1934 at Lille as Wagner in FAUST. After learning his craft in such cities as Bordeaux, Grenoble, Toulouse, Marseille and Monte Carlo, he arrived in 1947 at both the Opéra and the Opéra-Comique in Paris. As a guest artist he sang at many opera houses in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and North Africa. Gifted with a high-lying voice of great beauty and flexibility, he was equally at home in the French repertoire and in such Italian roles as Rigoletto and Figaro. He was also a wonderful singer of both French and Viennese operetta, and could even handle Tauber’s roles in Lehár’s works convincingly. Dens had a long career and was still singing well at the age of eighty. Fortunately he made a vast quantity of recordings.”

- Tully Potter