Belgian soprano Jodie Devos dies from cancer at the age of 35

Belgian soprano Jodie Devos dies from cancer at the age of 35
Belgian soprano Jodie Devos dies from cancer at the age of 35

The lyrical singer died this Sunday, June 16, of breast cancer. She had acquired international fame.

Jodie Devos, Belgian opera singer with international influence, died this Sunday, June 16 in Paris. The soprano died of breast cancer, according to information from RTBF, confirmed by BFMTV.com. She was 35 years old.

“It is with infinite sadness that we announce the death of our artist Jodie Devos,” wrote the Intermezzo artistic agency on Facebook.

“An exceptional, luminous personality loved by all, her sudden departure leaves a huge void in the hearts of all those who were lucky enough to know her. All our thoughts go to her family and loved ones.”

Born on October 10, 1988 in the Belgian town of Libramont, Jodie Devos began singing in choirs at the age of 5. She became professional by studying at the Institut de Musique de Pédagogie in Namur and then at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

“An essential trigger”

It was in 2014 that her career took a turning point, when she won second prize in the Queen Elisabeth International Musical Competition of Belgium, a competition which rewards classical artists.

“The Competition was, in June 2014, an essential trigger,” she confided to La Libre in 2018. “It was the Competition that revealed me as an artist. This second prize gave me a credibility with theater directors.”

Great classical operas

Her career continued in Paris, at the Académie de l’Opéra-comique, where she performed in The bat And The Musketeers at the convent. As Le Soir lists, she also distinguished herself in great classical operas, such as The Barber of Seville, Orpheus in the underworld, The Marriage of Figaro Or The Magic Flute. Performing from India to Brazil, via Germany or Poland.

A frantic pace of work that the singer, who had lived in Paris for many years, had decided to reduce at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I realized that for six years, I had not stopped for a single second and that I was starting to get a little overwhelmed,” she confided to Le Soir. “The covid break was beneficial on this level for me. It allowed me to take a break and tell myself that five productions over the year is already very good!”. She was due to perform this summer at the Gaumes de Jazz and the Wallonia Festivals.

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