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13 – French tenor Léon David (1867-1962) as a defiant Don José (« Carmen”), Opéra-Comique, 1905.

Born into a musical family, he had a hefty but surprisingly supple lyric voice which was compared to “a violin” by composer and violinist Armand Marsick (1877-1959). An accomplished and refined musician (he had a perfect ear), he became a distinguished voice teacher and author. He left a recording legacy.

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