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Voila donc la terrible cite

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Jules Massenet




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Previous scene: Meditation
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Marcel Journet Thais Voilà donc la terrible cité His Master's Voice DB1169

Singer: Marcel Journet

Marcel Journet - Thais - Voilà donc la terrible cité - His Master's Voice DB1169 enregistré le 7 mars 1928

Marcel Journet (July 25, 1868 – September 7, 1933), was a French, bass, operatic singer. He enjoyed a prominent career in England, France and Italy, and appeared at the foremost American opera houses in New York City and Chicago.
Journet was born in the town of Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, and studied at the Paris Conservatory. He made his operatic debut at Montpellier in 1891. Journet went on to sing a wide range of roles in operas by Richard Wagner and major French and Italian composers during a distinguished, 40-year career.
The Royal Opera House at London's Covent Garden, Milan's La Scala, the Paris Opera and the New York Metropolitan Opera, were some of the famous venues graced by Journet's presence during the first quarter of the 20th century. Arturo Toscanini was just one of the celebrated conductors under whose baton he performed. His on-stage colleagues included such renowned singers as Nellie Melba, Luisa Tetrazzini, Enrico Caruso, Giovanni Martinelli, Titta Ruffo, Giuseppe De Luca and Feodor Chaliapin.
Journet died in Vittel, of kidney failure, aged 66.
He possessed a beautiful, cultured voice and a fine technique—hitting the absolute peak of his powers as a singer and an actor during the 1915-1925 period, during which time he became La Scala's principal bass.
Numerous recordings testify to Journet's outstanding vocal attributes and the high standard of his interpretative powers. Many of these recordings have been re-issued on various CDs, most notably on the Marston and Preiser labels.
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Voilà  donc la terrible cité!
Alexandrie! Alexandrie!
Où je suis né dans le péché;
L'air brillant où j'ai respiré
L'affreux parfum de la luxure!
Voilà  la mer voluptueuse
Où j'écoutais chanter la sirène aux yeux d'or!
Oui, voilà  mon berceau selon la chair,
Alexandrie! O ma patrie!
Mon berceau, ma patrie!
De ton amour, j'ai détourné mon coeur.
Pour ta richesse, je te hais!
Pour ta science et ta beauté, je te hais! Je te hais!
Et maintenant je te maudis
Comme un temple hanté par les esprits impurs!
Venez! Anges du ciel! Souffles de Dieu!
Parfumez, du battement de vos ailes,
L'air corrompu qui va m'environner! Venez!

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