Tenor Albert Delhaye (1916-1978) as Manrico (“Il Trovatore”), Monnaie, 1950: A talent in shatters

Blessed with a stentorian voice, he jeopardized his resilience by undertaking heavy roles. Rather than sparing his instrument, he took pride in belting out high B’s and high C’s full-swing and in chest voice during rehearsals! By the early 1950’s, his voice was overwrought with vibrato and had prematurely aged.