Jose van Dam Autograph. Real Photo by Harri Irmler Studio, Berlin. Size: 4 in. x 5.5 in. ( 10 x 14.4 cm ). Fine condition.
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The Belgian bass José Van Dam ( born 1940 ) entered the Brussels Royal Conservatory at the age of 17, 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 operatic début as the music teacher Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Paris Opéra in 1961.
Since 1970 José van Dam has sung in all the great opera-houses of the world, singing works by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Mahler, Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Poulenc, and Schubert. José van Dam has given many notable performances at the Salzburg Festival, including the Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffman in 1981, the Dutchman in 1982, and Philip II at the 1985 Easter Festival, a role he has also sung at the Metropolitan Opera.
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 Prince Albert II of Belgium made José van Dam a baron, recognizing him as one of the finest singers who ever lived.
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