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Public Funeral Held for Young Opera Singer

By Sara Schabas on June 24, 2024

Jodie Devos
Jodie Devos, soprano (Publicity photo)

The opera world is mourning the death of Jodie Devos, a 35-year-old Belgian coloratura soprano who died of breast cancer last week. Devos passed away in Paris surrounded by her family.

Driving the news: Jodie Devos, a prominent coloratura soprano from Belgium, died last week of breast cancer. Devos was known for her interpretations of Mozart’s coloratura heroines, as well as those of Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi. Her career highlights included second place at Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth Competition, recordings with Warner and Alpha Classics, and performances at the Paris Opera and other top opera houses. Her funeral will be held in Namur at the Cathédrale Saint-Aubain.

A little context: Jodie Devos joins a list of prominent opera singers who have died of cancer before their time. In 2020, the Canadian-American soprano Erin Wall, known for her portrayals of Richard Strauss and Mozart heroines, passed away of the disease. In 2017, the baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky died of brain cancer, as well as soprano Arleen Auger in 1993. In 2006, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson also died of breast cancer. May Jodie Devos rest in peace et merci beaucoup pour la belle musique.

Sara Schabas
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