Tenor Fernand Ansseau (1890-1972) as Orphée (”Orphée et Eurydice”, creation of the revised tenor version, Opéra Comique, Paris, 1921: The opinionated tenor

The “Belgian Caruso” had a rock-solid voice of utmost beauty and as a discerning singer he only chose roles he liked the most. A patriot, he refused to sing in invaded Belgium and after the Germans occupied and ransacked his country home, he quit the stage at his peak in 1939. Scottish soprano Mary Garden was infatuated with him! He left a recording legacy.