A French heroic tenor is laid to rest

A French heroic tenor is laid to rest


norman lebrecht

October 20, 2021

ForumOpera reports the death, on October 9, of the robust tenor Gilbert Py at the age of 87.

Popular in all the French houses and selectively abroad, he recorded an epic 1975 Carmen with Régine Crespin.

Later, he was a splendid Lohengrin and Otello.

More here.


  • AndrewB says:

    The French Saint Saens Samson of his generation . Gilbert Py from Sete grew up travelling with a fairground attraction alongside his family. Initially he learned the accordeon as the family had no piano. He then took some ballet classes – dancing in works by J Strauss and Borodin. He was taught how to play the castanets by a Spanish dancer – how many tenors can claim that? When I started out in the business my French colleagues spoke of him with great admiration. He had a really solid , heroic voice . I believe there are still excerpts from his Samson performance with the much missed mezzo Ann Howard on You Tube.

  • pjl says:

    Tant pis…a fine tenor