French tenor Michel Sénéchal is dead. Born in 1927, he died on 1 April 2018 at the age of 91. Michel Sénéchal made his debut at La Monnaie in Brussels in 1950. Two years later he sang at the Paris Opéra and the Opéra-Comique, where he took one great French tenor role after the other. His reputation grow fast, and soon he was engaged by the Vienna State Opera and the festivals of Salzburg and Glyndebourne.

Great buffo roles and operetta roles became his speciality. In 1982, he sang for the first time at the Met in New York.

Sénéchal began teaching at L’École d’art lyrique of the Paris Opéra in 1979, where he was named director a few years later.

He recorded with Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Marc Minkowski, Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano and Daniel Barenboim.

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