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Leon David (Tenor) (Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendee  1867 -  Les Sables d'Olonne  1962)




He studied in Nantes and in Paris, making his debut in February 1892 at Monte Carlo as Euxenos in Noлl Desjoyeaux's Gyptis. In June the same year he began a long engagement at the Opera-Comique, Paris, by singing Iopas in Les Troyens. His repertory included Almaviva, George Brown (La dame blanche), Gerald (Lakme), Des Grieux (Manon), Wilhelm Meister (Mignon), Nadir, Vincent (Mireille), Werther and Don Jose. Between 1900 and 1907 he sang at the Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels, where his roles included Belmonte and Dimitri in Franco Alfano's Risurrezione. In 1913 he created Paco in Manuel de Falla's La vida breve at Nice. His voice, a lyric tenor, was of beautiful quality. He retired from the Opera-Comique in 1920 and was professor of singing at the Paris Conservatoire from 1924 to 1937. His autobiography, La vie d'un tenor, was published in 1950.



Rigoletto: Comme la plume au vent Fonotipia 39221 Xph 515
Mignon: Elle ne croyait pas  Fonotipia 39094 Xph 545
La veritable Manola Bourgeois Fonotipia 39069 Xph 546
Romeo et Juliette: L'amour...Ah! leve-toi, soleil Fonotipia  39095  Xph 549
La muette de portici: Du pauvre seul ami fidele Fonotipia 39220 Xph 550
Carmen: La fleur que te m'avais jetee Fonotipia 39219 Xph 551
Mignon: Elle ne croyait pas    Odeon    97175    XP 4290
Werther: Pourquoi me reveiller Odeon 97176 XP 4291
Manon: Je suis seul...Ah! fuyez,douce image Odeon 97178 XP 4292
Le barbier de Seville: Des rayons de l'aurore Serenade Odeon 97177 XP 4293




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