Hi Folantin, should you decide to report the quotation from Pitou, I send you below the original text: "The most impressive aspect of Lays's professional life was not in the quality of his voice, but in the number of times that he used it. He created 68 new characters at the Opéra between 1780 and 1818. It would be interesting to determine how many records he broke in the course of performing this single feat alone. How many singers have had a longer tenure at the Opéra? Has any artist created more roles at the Opéra? What singers besides Lays have learned five new parts in a year? He performed before the days of planes and fast trains, of course, but even making allowances for this lack of temptation to interrupt his activities in Paris to visit foreign opera houses for large fees, modern critics must credit Lays with a singleness of purpose that merits recognition". Here is the quotation from Elizabeth Forbes, as well: "Though a poor actor and not, apparently, a very good singer, he was greatly admired for the warmth and beauty of his voice, baritonal in quality, but which extended into the tenor range". Cheers. --Jeanambr (talk) 16:34, 1 December 2014 (UTC)
- I fully agree it must be pretty complicated! Buon lavoro, and, should you need some help from me, just ask. Cheers. --Jeanambr (talk) 16:40, 12 February 2015 (UTC)
- I've sent you a private email. Ciao. --Jeanambr (talk) 13:33, 13 February 2015 (UTC)
- OK. I'll try to deal with this and the other problem within the next few days. Ciao. --Folantin (talk) 21:20, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
- Congratulations! A brilliant article! I've added it to the "Selected biography" rotation at Portal:Opera. Best, Voceditenore (talk) 10:13, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Hi, Folantin, I've finished my revision of the article. It dealt with:
1. (almost) the whole section "Final years ", whose changes can still be found in my Italian sandbox article (I'm going to copy and paste them into mainspace within a couple of days);
2. the last part of the section "Revolutionary era" concerning Lays's return on stage after his 1795 imprisonment, whose changes you can find here.
I remain at your disposal for anything else you might need. Cheers (and many thanks to Voceditenore, btw).--Jeanambr (talk) 16:39, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
P.S. I've sent also you a private email in Italian.
- OK. I'll try to deal with this some time over the next few days. --Folantin (talk) 17:54, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
I eventually wrote "Le Mercure belge" because I found this title mentioned here. Quéruel writes "Le Mercure belge", which had made me initially believe the title did not include the word "belge"; later I got convinced she must be careless as usual. BTW: the name Belgium was not a complete novelty (cf. United States of Belgium). Ciao. --Jeanambr (talk) 16:08, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
- Thanks. Is the revision ready to "launch" yet? --Folantin (talk) 19:56, 17 April 2015 (UTC)