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Henri Legay

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: French
Year of Birth: 1920
Year of Death: 1992

About Henri Legay:

Henri Legay (1 July 1920 in Paris – 16 September 1992 in Paris) was a French operatic tenor. He was primarily French-based as his light lyric voice was especially suited to the French operatic repertoire.

Legay studied in Brussels and Paris, and won First Prize at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1947. To support himself he sang in cabarets to his own guitar accompaniment, also playing for Piaf and Montand, and also composing his own songs.

He began his career singing operetta. He made his operatic début at La Monnaie in Brussels in 1950, also appearing in Lausanne.

He began a long association with the Opéra-Comique in 1952, as Gérald in Lakmé, quickly establishing himself as one of the leading tenors of his time, other roles included; Nadir, Meister (singing in the 2,000th performance at the Salle Favart), des Grieux, Julien, etc. He made his debut at the Palais Garnier, as Damon in Les Indes galantes, other roles there included: Faust, Werther, Almaviva, Duke of Mantua, Alfredo, etc.

He left a few recordings, Les pêcheurs de perles, Le roi d'Ys, and most notably, the famous 1955 recording of Manon, opposite Victoria de los Ángeles and conducted by Pierre Monteux, widely regarded as the definitive recording of Massenet's opera.

He participated in radio recordings broadcast on the Third Programme in the 1950s. In his obituary, Alan Blyth described Legay's voice as "light yet penetrating timbre, its flexible, liquid character" and that he used it "with fastidious taste" and displayed "keenness of word-painting allied to the inflections of the music".

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Je crois entendre encore Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir
2En fermant les yeux Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Chevalier
3Ah! fuyez douce image Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 3.24

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Chevalier
4A cette voix quel trouble Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.10

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir
5Vainement ma bien aimee Popularity:

Opera: Roi d'Ys, LeComposer: LaloAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Mylio
6Mes amis ecoutez l'histoire Popularity:

Opera: Postillon de Lonjumeau, LeComposer: AdamAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Chapelou
7Toi! Vous! Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 3.26

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
8Viens gentille Dame Popularity:

Opera: Dame BlancheComposer: BoieldieuAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Georges
9Elle ne croyait pas Popularity:

Opera: MignonComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Wilhelm
10Quel trouble inconnu me penêtre Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 3.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Faust
11Fantaisie aux divins mensonges Popularity:

Opera: LakméComposer: DelibesAct: 1.09-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Gérald
12Je ne sais si je veille Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 1.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Werther
13Je suis seul Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 3.23

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Chevalier
14Adieu Mignon Popularity:

Opera: MignonComposer: ThomasAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Wilhelm
15Ah! des Grieux Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 5.03

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
16De mon amie fleur endormie Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir
17Nous reparlerons du passé Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 5.05

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
18En silence pourquoi souffrir Popularity:

Opera: Roi d'Ys, LeComposer: LaloAct: 1

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Rozenn/Margared
19Demeure parmi nous Nadir Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.04

Type: Voice: Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga/Nadir
20O lumière sainte Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: Br S TLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga/Leïla/Nadir
21Ce sont eux les voici Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 3.08

Type: Voice: Br S B TLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga/Leïla/Nourabad/Nadir
22Le ciel est bleu Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.12

Type: trio,choirVoice: B T SLanguage: French

Roles: Nourabad/Nadir/Leïla
23N'est ce plus ma main que cette main presse Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 3.27-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Chevalier
24Que vois je? Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.07

Type: Voice: Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga/Nadir
25Manon pauvre Manon Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 5.01

Type: duet,recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: French

Roles: Chevalier/Lescaut
26Sombres divinites Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 3.06

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br BLanguage: French

Roles: Leïla/Nadir/Zurga/Nourabad
27A l'autel j'allais rayonnant Popularity:

Opera: Roi d'Ys, LeComposer: LaloAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Rozenn/Mylio
28Manon sphinx étonnant Popularity:

Opera: ManonComposer: MassenetAct: 4.06

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Chevalier/Manon
29Ah! revenez a la raison Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 2.05

Type: Voice: T S BLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir/Leïla/Nourabad
30Grace au hasard je puis Madame Popularity:

Opera: Postillon de Lonjumeau, LeComposer: AdamAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Chapelou
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