49 – French baritone and stage director José Beckmans (1897-1987) as Lothario (“Mignon”), Bordeaux, 1923.

Of Belgian descent, his international career was astonishing. A talented comedian, his large voice was ideally suited for dramatic parts and he created 55 operas and sang 170 roles! An astute manager, he founded an opera company and eventually became a stage director in Paris and in his hometown, Liège. He left a recording legacy.