Rene Jacobs

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Birthday
30, 1946
Birthplace
Ghent
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
30, 1946 (age 72)
Birthplace
Ghent

About

Countertenor and conductor who became known for specializing in Baroque and early classical opera and who was called a singer's conductor.

Before Fame

He served as a boy chorister at the Cathedral of Ghent and embarked on studies in classical philology at the University of Ghent.

Trivia

He was the artistic director of Innsbruck's Festwochen der Alten Musik from 1991 until 2009 and worked at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as a teacher of interpretation and Baroque singing style.

Family Life

He was born in Ghent and was encouraged to become a countertenor by the Kuijken brothers, Alfred Deller and Gustav Leonhardt.

Associated With

He gained great acclaim for his 2004 recording of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," which won Gramophone's Record of the Year, Le Monde de la Musique's Choc of the Year, two Midem Classical Awards, and the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording of 2005.