Chris de Vos

16 September 1870 Amsterdam – 14 February 1949 Amsterdam

Picture of Chris de Vos
He was a stage painter. During his military service, his voice was first noted. When he sang at a private wedding, he was heard by chance by the conductor Fred Roeske, who facilitated his allowance into the choir of the Nederlandsche Opera in 1894. Soon, De Vos appeared in comprimario parts. In 1904/05, he toured the USA with the Savage Opera Company, singing Parsifal in almost 40 cities.

Back to Europe, he joined the Royal Flemish Opera in Antwerp, and sang also in France and Germany until World War I. The rest of his career was spent in the Netherlands; with the Nederlandsche Opera (which was reorganized and re-founded a few times under various names), he remained connected for a total of 35 years – until 1929, that is. He also sang with other Dutch troupes (Co-Opera-tie Den Haag, Hollandsche Opera, Theater Carré); with the Co-Opera-tie Den Haag, he made a guest apperance at the Paris Opéra in 1926, singing Florestan. From 1925 to 1932, he was responsible for the operatic productions at Radio Hilversum.

His repertory was focused on Wagner, and also included Pedro, Canio, Don José or Gennaro in I gioielli della Madonna.

He recorded for G&T in 1903 and for Pathé in 1910; all his records (a total of 16) are extremely scarce.

Reference 1; reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens

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