36 – Belgian tenor and stage director Octave Dua (1882-1952) as a spirited Beppe (“Pagliacci”), Monnaie, Brussels, 1909 … Size does not always matter!

A diminutive tenor from Belgium, he primarily sang secondary roles. Noted for his convincing acting and musical preparedness, he created many operas in Europe, the U.S. and in South America, where he was a star. On his return to his native Belgium, he performed cameo parts and became a valued stage director. He left a recording legacy.