Jo Vincent


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(b Amsterdam, 6 March 1898; d Monte Carlo, 28 Nov 1989). Dutch soprano. She was the daughter of Jacobus Vincent, carillonneur of the Amsterdam Royal Palace. She studied with Catherina van Rennes and Cornélie van Zanten, and made her début in 1921. She became the leading concert soprano of the Netherlands; her only operatic appearance was in 1939 at Scheveningen as Countess Almaviva. She appeared regularly in concert with Wilhelm Mengelberg in Ludwig van Beethoven, J. S. Bach and Gustav Mahler. Outside the Netherlands she was particularly popular in England during the 1930s. She sang in the first performance of Benjamin Britten's Spring Symphony (Amsterdam, 1949), which was recorded. Her other recordings, which include Schubert lieder, oratorio and Mahler's Second Symphony (under Otto Klemperer), show the pure, ethereal quality of her voice.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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