Joseph Legros


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(b Monampteuil, Laon, 7 or 8 Sept 1739; d La Rochelle, 20 Dec 1793). French tenor and composer. Having been a choirboy at Laon Cathedral, Legros developed a powerful, sweet-toned haute-contre suited to the high tessitura of French opera. Recruited by François Rebel and François Francoeur, he made his début at the Paris Opéra in 1764, shortly before the retirement of Jélyotte, in J.-J. Cassanéa de Mondonville's Titon et l'Aurore. Although a stiff actor he became the Opéra's leading haute-contre until his retirement (accelerated by obesity) in 1783.


From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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