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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Jean Cox; "Mime heiß ein mürrischer Zwerg…Brünnhilde, heilige Braut"; GOTTERDAMMERUNG; R. Wagner

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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Jean Cox; "Mime heiß ein mürrischer Zwerg…Brünnhilde, heilige Braut"; GOTTERDAMMERUNG; R. Wagner



Jean Cox–tenor
Frank Shipway–conductor
Orchester des Nationaltheaters Mannheim
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“Jean Cox (1922-2012)
He took part in World War II as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Vocal studies at the University in Alabama William Steven, then the New England Conservatory in Boston Marie Sundelius, when Wally finally Kirsamer in Frankfurt, with Luigi Ricci in Rome and Max Lorenz in Munich. Debut in 1951 at the New England Opera Boston as Lensky in Eugene Onegin. He sang at the 1954 Spoleto Festival Rodolfo in La Bohème and 1954-55 was engaged at the theater of Kiel. 1955-59, he sang at the Staatstheater Braunschweig since 1959 and was a member of the National Theatre of Mannheim, where he attended the 1961 premiere of P. Hindemith’s opera The Long Christmas. As early as 1956 he began his career at the Bayreuth Festival in 1956 he sang the helmsman, 1969-70 to Erik in The Flying Dutchman, 1968-70 and 1974-75 the Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger, Parsifal 1968 and 1973, 1967-68 Lohengrin, 1970-71, 1973-75 and 1978, the Siegfried. In 1983 he took over again in Bayreuth Siegfried in Götterdämmerung, 1984 the Walther in Die Meistersinger. Guest Performance by a contract he was connected with the Vienna Volksoper; 1958-73 regular appearances at the Staatsoper Hamburg. At the Vienna State Opera, he joined 1963-77, including as Stewa in Janácek’s Jenufa and as Sergei in Lady Macbeth of Mzenskz by Shostakovich, on, he performed at the State Opera of Stuttgart, Munich and Frankfurt At the Festival of Bregenz he among others sang 1961 in Fra Diavolo by Auber and in the operetta The Dream Island by Robert Stolz. 1961 guest performance at the Teatro San Carlos, Lisbon, 1966. At the Festival of Aix-en-Provence (as Bacchus in Aradne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss), in 1974 at the Deutsche Opera Berlin 1964, 1970 and 1973, he was heard on the Chicago Opera, 1971 and 1972 at the Paris Grand Opera as Siegmund in Die Walküre. 1975 debut at Covent Garden in London, as Siegfried, he performed well in 1975 at La Scala. In April 1976 he sang her first role at the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger. Also guest appearances at the opera houses of San Antonio, New Orleans, Houston (Texas) and Pittsburg, at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, at the opera houses of Zurich, Geneva and Mexico City, Barcelona, ​​Brussels, Bordeaux, Nice and Genoa. His career took a long time, in 1989 he was heard in Mannheim as Captain Vere in Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten. In addition to the Wagner-heroes he sang a heroic tenor repertoire of large-scale (over 75 rolls) with highlights such as Alvaro in La forza del destino, Herod in Salome, the Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, the Cardinal in Mathis der Maler by Hindemith, Max in Der Freischütz, the Hermann in The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky and the Prince in Rusalka by Dvorak;. he was famous in all of these areas as a great performer. As in the Strauss opera Elektra Aegist he left in 1996 in Mannheim of the stage, where he was in 1977 for the first Mannheim Kammersänger appointed at all and a few years later as an honorary member of the ensemble. He died at age 90 in Bayreuth. “; Bruce Duffy

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