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José Van Dam
Belgium
baritone
Biography
The Brussels-born bass baritone José Van Dam is one of today’s greatest singers. Since his debut in Paris in Les Troyens, he has been a regular guest at the world’s most prestigious opera houses and festivals (including the Paris Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala in Milan, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro Colón, and the festivals of Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, and Orange). His roles have included Falstaff, Simon Boccanegra, Philippe II (in Don Carlos), Don Giovanni, Boris Godunov, Amfortas (in Parsifal), the Flying Dutchman, and Wozzeck, to name but a few. His performance in the title role of Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise was warmly received in Paris and Salzburg, at its premiere in 1983 and again in 1992. His operatic career has not prevented him from branching into oratorio and lieder, in which his repertoire is equally extensive ; he has sung under Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Georg Solti, and Seiji Ozawa, among others. In addition to boasting an impressive, award-winning discography, he has also appeared in films, most notably in the famous Le Maître de Musique. José Van Dam has received the titles of Kammersänger of the city of Berlin and of Chevalier in the order of the Légion d’Honneur. In August 1998, he was ennobled by King Albert II.
Activities
ActivityFunction
VOICE 2018Member of the jury - Member of the artistic committee
Final voice 2014Member of the jury
Semi-final voice 2014Member of the jury
First round voice 2014Member of the jury
VOICE 2014Member of the jury - Member of the artistic committee
DVD preselection voice 2014Member of the jury
Final voice 2011Member of the jury
Semi-final voice 2011Member of the jury
First round voice 2011Member of the jury
VOICE 2011Member of the jury
DVD preselection voice 2011Member of the jury
Concert Prelude to the National Holiday violin 2005Soloist
Final voice 2008Member of the jury
Semi-final voice 2008Member of the jury
First round voice 2008Member of the jury
VOICE 2008Member of the jury
DVD preselection voice 2008Member of the jury
Final singing 2004Member of the jury
Semi-final singing 2004Member of the jury
First round singing 2004Member of the jury
SINGING 2004Member of the jury
Final singing 2000Member of the jury
SINGING 2000Member of the jury
Final singing 1996Member of the jury
Master classes 21/05/1996: Stuart Burrows/Sena Jurinac/Joan Sutherland/José Van DamMember of the jury
Master classes 20/05/1996: Stuart Burrows/Sena Jurinac/Joan Sutherland/José Van DamMember of the jury
Semi-final singing 1996Member of the jury
First round singing 1996Member of the jury
SINGING 1996Member of the jury
Final singing 1992Member of the jury
Semi-final singing 1992Member of the jury
First round singing 1992Chairperson of the Jury
SINGING 1992Member of the jury
Final singing 1988Member of the jury
Semi-final singing 1988Member of the jury
First round singing 1988Member of the jury
SINGING 1988Member of the jury
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