After LeBel's death, Frédéric Pelletier recalled having heard him in 1885: 'I have rarely heard since, here or elsewhere, so beautiful a voice so artistically handled. Twenty years later those who remembered it did not hesitate to compare it to Caruso's' (Montreal Le Devoir, 25 Feb 1939). For HMV LeBel is thought to have recorded some 40 titles, partially listed in Roll Back the Years.
LeBel's wife was Charles Labelle's sister. Their daughter Germaine - soprano, b Montreal 22 Mar 1894, d there 14 Jun 1972 - studied singing and interpretation with Alfred La Liberté and often performed his compositions (eg, Chansons d'Ève with the CSM, 1935) and folksong harmonizations (CPR Festivals 1927, 1930). She sang Salomé in the 1923 premiere of Couture's Jean le Précurseur. A soprano 'with an agreeable and light voice' (Montreal La Patrie, 14 Apr 1926), she also interpreted the music of Debussy and of Nicolas Medtner and participated in numerous CBC broadcasts.
Author Gilles Beaudet