José Van Dam

(b. 1940)

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(b Brussels, 1940).

Belg. bass. Opera début Liège 1960 (Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia). Sang minor roles at Paris Opéra and Opéra‐Comique 1961–5. Geneva Opera 1965–7; Deutsche Oper, Berlin, from 1967. Salzburg Fest. début 1968. CG début 1973 as Escamillo, a role he has sung with much success in all leading opera houses, e.g. NY Met 1965. Created title‐role in Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise, Paris 1983. Wide concert repertory.

Subjects: Opera.

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