"Look at the blazing gaze of Caron, of whom so few recordings remain and of Bréval, of whom there are none. At the very least you will capture, if not the voice itself, its passion. Learn to aid the ear with the eye to imagine and reincarnate the lost Diva. A fine exercise that could bring us some of that sacred fire of which history no longer seems able to offer us examples. See the faces, see the gazes, complemented by the voices, if any trace of the latter remain. Let the glimmer of an eye evoke the timbre and resonance, and imagine the full and magical effect. And lo and behold: The Divas have returned…" André Tubeuf, excerpt from the preface.