Death of a renowned French tenor, 91

Death of a renowned French tenor, 91


norman lebrecht

April 02, 2018

The international tenor Michel Sénéchal died yesterday.

Outside of Paris and Brussels, he appeared at the Salzburg and Glyndebourne festivals and at many major opera houses.

Renée Fleming counts him among her influences.


  • Caravaggio says:

    Pay no heed to what Fleming says. Sénéchal, ever musically stylish, was the polar opposite of the stylistically offensive her. It’s almost like saying how Claudia Muzio’s singing informed Mick Jagger’s. Well, not quite but you get the idea (-:

    • Brian B says:

      Not far from the truth. Senechal’s recording of Boieldieu’s La Dame Blanche is a lesson in style and finesse and by far the best of that once popular opera’s recordings, studio or otherwise.

  • Dominic Stafford says:

    He was a wonder. A fine musician. A wonderful actor. He deserved every year of his tremendous longevity.