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Tenor Ernest Van Dyck (1861-1923) as Parsifal: The right man at the right time…

This erudite tenor had a short career of 15 years and compared to Georges Imbart de La Tour’s or Emile Cossira’s, his voice was effective but plain and unappealing. Recurrent Wagnerian roles and “Sprechgesang” took their toll and tarnished his voice.  First Werther in Vienna (in German) in 1892. He left a recording legacy.