Urlus, Jacques (Jacobus)

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Urlus, Jacques (Jacobus)

Urlus, Jacques (Jacobus), noted Dutch tenor; b.

Hergenrath, near Aachen, Jan. 9, 1867; d. Noordwijk, June 6, 1935. When he was 10, his parents moved to Tilburg, the Netherlands, where he received instruction from an uncle who was a choral conductor; he later studied singing with Anton Averkamp, Hugo Nolthenius, and Cornelie van Zanten. He was a member of the Dutch National Opera (1894-99) and of the Leipzig Opera (1900-14), where he excelled as a Wagnerian. In 1910 he made his London debut at Covent Garden as Tristan, a role he repeated for his U.S. debut in Boston on Feb. 12, 1912, and for his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. on Feb. 8,1913. He remained on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera until 1917, and in subsequent years toured in Europe and the U.S. His other distinguished roles included Parsifal, Tamino, Otello, and Don José. He publ. Mijn Loopbaan (My Career; Amsterdam, 1930).


O. Spengler, J. U. (N.Y., 1917).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire