I absolutely can't think how I've managed to do this blog and the LJ community that preceded all this time without featuring Nicolai Gedda. I mean, look at him! And listen!
Adolphe Adam's Le Postillon
Those are high Ds, folks. Much more rare in the mid 20th century, before the bel canto revolution that began in the late 50s.
Mr. Gedda is still with us, and one hopes he is still sharing (at 85) his obvious deep understanding of vocal technique with new generations of singers.
More of his glories:
Mr. Tchaickovsky's Eugene Onegin:
Mr. Gounod's Faust:
La Boheme, from a TV variety show: