Merry Christmas mit Jacques-Greg Belobo, Bassbariton aus Kamerun in Semperoper Dresden

videoJacques-Greg Belobo was born in Cameroon, where he started his vocal studies in the capital city Yaoundé. He won first Prize in the Concours National de Chant Classique in 1996, the Concours Aguimucla in Yaoundé in 1997 and the Concours International Diapason in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was thus granted scholarship to continue his studies at the Conservatoire National de Nice, where he won the Gold Medal in 1998 as well as the Operetta Competition in Rennes and the First Prize of the Concours National de Chant Lyrique in Béziers, Concours National de Chant Lyrique in Ales.

Mr. Belobo got admitted at the Conservatoire of Music and Dance of Paris in 1998,he graduated in 2001. This chronic winner went on to win the Second Prize of the International Competition of Geneva in 2000 and 5 Prizes at the International Belvedere Competition in Vienna in July 2002, prizes that include engagements with the Semperoper Dresden, with the Strasbourg Opera, the Kammeroper Vienna and a recital at the Philharmonic hall in Cologne.

Since then, he is regularly engaged and has done concerts with conductors like Zubin Metha, James Levine, Myung-Whun Chung Ivor Bolton, Fabio Luisi, Michel Piquemal, Paul Goodwin, Roland Hayrabedian, Johannes Wildner to name a few.

He sings several roles and parts such as Il Grande Sacerdote (Nabucco), Kaspar and Eremit (Der Freischutz), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Vicar Gedge (Albert Herring), Polyphemus (Acis et Galatea), The Verdi Requiem, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Rossini’s La Petite Messe Solennelle, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Bach Cantatas or Fauré’s Requiem.

Monsieur Belobo is now a member of the "Junges Ensemble der Bayerischen Staatsoper München" and regularly performs at the opera of Gelsenkirchen.

In 2003 he was chosen from singers around the world to compete in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, in Wales.

Jacques-Greg is very connected to his Cameroonian roots despite a very successful career abroad. He still performs in Cameroon, as shown in the video below, and is very engaged in Development Projects for Cameroon.

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