Jules Moes

6 November 1879 Maastricht – 30 December 1961 Amsterdam

Jules Moes sings Tosca: Een zachte harmonie

Moes sang in an amateur choir; taking advice from the choirmaster, he studied voice at the Amsterdam conservatory from 1899. In 1902, he made his debut in operetta in Amsterdam, the following year in opera in Gent, then he sang at the Royal Flemish Opera in Antwerp from 1905 to 1909.

From 1907, he appeared also in the Netherlands; he would spend most of his career with the various opera companies that existed, all short-lived, in Amsterdam and Den Haag in the first half of the 20th century. Only from 1912 to 1914, he sang at the German Theater in Prague, with numerous guest appearances (Vienna, Berlin, Breslau/Wrocław, Dresden); in that period, he used the stage name "Julius Peters".

His stage farewell was as Don José in Den Haag in 1928. Subsequently, he taught at the Rotterdam conservatory. But he came back to the stage in the 1940/41 season, singing Manrico in Amsterdam.

His repertory included Wilhelm Meister, Raoul, Gounod's Faust, Arnold, Turiddu, Walther von der Vogelweide, Tamino, Corentin (Dinorah), Cavaradossi, Léopold, Pinkerton, Radames, Canio, Rodolfo, Pedro, Mylio, Lohengrin, Eisenstein, Otello, Tristan, Florestan, Siegmund, Loge, Stolzing, Alfredo, Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Erik... He also sang opera on the Dutch radio, already from 1925. From 1927 to 1932, he was music program director at the KRO radio station.

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