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Baron José van Dam ( August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. Events 1500-1899 1537 - The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior, was formed. 1580 - Battle of Alcantara. Spain defeats... August 25, 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). Events January-February January 5 - FM radio is demonstrated to the FCC for the first time. January 6 - World War II: Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the Poznan, Warthegau. January 12 - World War... 1940) is one of the most prominent and sought-after interpreters of the In music, a baritone is a male singer whose vocal range falls somewhere between that of a bass and a tenor. A typical baritones range will extend from around the A a tenth below middle C to the F above middle C. Types A high baritone, bordering the tenor... baritone-bass repertoire.

Christened Joseph van Damme, he was born in For other uses, see Brussels (disambiguation). Brussels in winter Brussels (Dutch: Brussel, French: Bruxelles, Belgium and is considered by many to be the de facto capital of the European Union, as two of its three main institutions have their headquarters in the city. Overview Brussels is first of all a... Brussels, The Kingdom of Belgium ( Dutch: Koninkrijk België, French: Royaume de Belgique, German: Königreich Belgien) is a country in Western Europe, bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and the North Sea. Belgium is at a cultural crossroad between Germanic Europe and Romance Europe. It has Dutch speakers... Belgium, on August 25, 1940. At the age of 17, he entered the Brussels Royal Conservatory and studied with Frederic Anspach. A year later, he graduated with diplomas and first prizes in voice and opera performance. José van Dam made his opera début as the music teacher Don Basilio in Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (February 29, 1792 — November 13, 1868) was an Italian musical composer who wrote more than 30 operas as well as sacred music and chamber music. His best known works include Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), and Guillaume Tell William Tell (the overture of... Gioacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is a theatre play by Beaumarchais, written in 1775, and originally entitled Le Barbier de Séville in French. A comic opera in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini was founded on Beaumarchais comedy by Cesare Sterbini, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Italian. Music for this text... Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Exterior of the Palais Garnier. The Palais Garnier is a grand landmark at the northern end of the Avenue de lOpera in Paris, France. It is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time. Built in the Neo-Baroque style, it is the thirteenth theatre to house... Paris Opera in 1961, and remained in the company until 1965, when he sang his first major role, Escamillo from Bizet's Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet, with text by Meilhac and Halévy, based on the novel by Prosper Mérimée. Its first production was in Paris in 1875. During its time, the opera was considered a failure, denounced as “immoral” and “superficial.”... Carmen. He then sang for two seasons at Geneva, La Scala The Teatro alla Scala (or La Scala for short), in Milan, Italy, is one of the worlds most famous opera houses. The current edifice is the second theater on the site. A fire destroyed the first, the ancient Teatro Ducale, on 25 February 1776, after a carnival... La Scala, Covent Garden is a shopping and entertainment complex in central London. The flower, fruit and vegetable market, previously associated with Covent Garden, has moved to Nine Elms, Vauxhall. The area also contains an entrance to the Royal Opera House. Covent Garden is properly the area of London bounded by High... Covent Garden, and in Paris. At Geneva, Van Dam sung in the première of Milhaud's La mère coupable in 1966. Lorin Varencove Maazel (born March 6, 1930) is a conductor, violinist and composer. Maazel was born to American parents in Neuilly-sur-Seine in France and brought up in the United States. He was something of a prodigy, making his conducting debut before he was ten and violin debut at... Lorin Maazel soon heard José van Dam and invited him to record Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole with him for Deutsche Grammophon. In 1967, Maazel asked him to join the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

José van Dam performs regularly at L’Opéra de Paris, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the La Monnaie (Dutch: De Munt) is an opera house in Brussels. It is the leading opera company in Belgium. It is one of the few cultural institutions which receives financial support from the federal government of Belgium. The original theater on the site was commissioned by the Italian financier Gio... Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the The Salzburg Festival is a prominent music festival in the Austrian town of Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The festival was founded in 1877 but was discontinued in 1910. In 1918, at the close of World War I, the festival was revived by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Richard Strauss... Salzburg Festival, and festivals in Aix-en-Provence and Orange, France.

José van Dam is also celebrated as a concert, oratorio, and Lieder singer and has won many international awards for his extraordinary performances both on stage and in recordings. Berlin conferred on him the title of "Kammersänger" in 1974, and the same year he received the German Music Critics’ Prize. Other awards include the Gold Medal of the Belgian Press (1976), Grand Prix de l’Academie Française du Disque (1979), Orphée d’Or de l’Academie Lyrique Française (1980), the European Critics’ Prize, (1985), Diapason d’Or and Prix de la Nouvelle Academie du Disque (1993), and the Orphée d’Or de l’Academie du Disque Lyrique (1994).

In August of 1998, His Majesty King Became King: August 9, 1993 Predecessor: Baudouin Date of Birth: June 6, 1934 Place of Birth: Brussels, Belgium Heir-Apparent: The Duke of Brabant His Majesty King Albert II (Albert Félix Humbert Théodore Christian Eugène Marie Wettin), styled HM The King (born June 6, 1934), is the... Albert II of Belgium made José van Dam a baron, recognizing him as one of the finest classical singers who ever lived. On December 4 is the 338th day (339th on leap years) of the Gregorian calendar. There are 27 days remaining. Events 771 - Austrasian King Carloman dies, leaving his brother Charlemagne king of the now complete Frank kingdom. 1110 - First Crusade: The Crusaders conquer Sidon. 1563 - The final session of the Council... December 4, 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. Events Kosovo War Shooting in Littleton, Colorado, United States, leaves several high school students dead. Y2K preparation was a major event in 1999 both in... 1999 Van Dam was one of the performers at the marriage of Belgium's The Duke of Brabant His Royal Highness Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant (Philippe Léopold Louis Marie Wettin), styled HRH The Duke of Brabant (born 15 April 1960), is the eldest son and heir apparent of Albert II, King of the Belgians. His Dutch name is Filip Leopold Louis Marie... Crown Prince Philippe and Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde, Duchess of Brabant (Mathilde Marie Christine Ghislaine), styled HRH The Duchess of Brabant, the wife of the current heir apparent to the Belgian throne, the Duke of Brabant. She was born Mathilde dUdekem dAcoz. Even though her grandfather and her uncle were barons... Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz.

José van Dam starred in the movies The Music Teacher (1988) as Joachim Dallayrac and in Don Giovanni is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. It was premiered in Prague on October 29, 1787. Of the many operas based on the legend of Don Juan, Mozarts is the most famous and widely regarded as... Don Giovanni, (1976) as Leporello, conducted by Lorin Maazel.

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José van Dam was in town recently, to sing two recitals of French song at Alice Tully Hall and to repeat his classic Golaud in the Met revival of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande.
For anyone who admires this Belgian bass-baritone's elegant art, it was an opportunity not to be missed -- Van Dam has paid few visits to New York in recent years, and at age 60, he may not be planning many more.
Although we hear him live too infrequently, Van Dam has preserved much of his song repertory on disc, and it's good to see that so many of his recitals on the French Forlane label are readily available once again.
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