The Dutch singer Jacques de Faber (1985, Houston) started singing at a young age in the Rotterdam Boy’s Choir. He came in touch with opera and sang as a child in several operas in the Ahoy in Rotterdam.
Subsequently he began at the Jeugdtheater Hofplein, where he sang many solo roles in operas translated for Dutch youth, such as Radames (Aida), Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Sevilla), Macbeth (Macbeth), and Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni). At the youth theater he came in contact with Wolfgang Küssner who prepared him for the conservatory. He was admitted to the conservatory in Maastricht in 2008, where he graduated in the class of Axel Everaert in 2014. From September 2012 until august 2013 he attended the conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome (Italy), where he studied with Anna Maria Ferrante. In 2014 he started his Master at the Conservatory of Utrecht where he studied with Jon Thorsteinsson to grow into the tenor-register. He graduated in 2016.
During his studies Jacques started working as a singer in the choir of Opera Zuid, but was soon promoted as a soloist in the house ensemble. Past seasons he sang several roles, such as ‘Kuligin’ in Janacek’s ‘Katja Kabanova’, ‘Cleon’ in ‘L’Ivrogne Corrige’ (Christoph Willibald Glück), ‘First Priest’ in ‘Die Zauberflöte’, ‘Yamadori’ in ‘Madama Butterfly’, ‘Douphol’ in ‘La Traviata’, ‘Dancairo’ in ‘Carmen’ and Dr. Blind in ‘The Fledermouse’. Jacques also worked for Brussels Operette Theater, where he sang ‘Professor Würmchen’ in Der Vogelhändler, the Velser Opera Choir Bel Canto where he sang ‘Il Messaggero’ in Aida and Limburgs Symfonie Orkest. In 2014 he was asked at Nederlandse Reisopera to sing the third man in Sweeney Todd (Sondheim), followed by ‘Sailor’ in ‘Madama Butterfly’ and ‘Ein Offizier’ in ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’. For M31 Foundation and Nederlandse Reisopera he sang Der Soldat in ‘Der Kaiser von Atlantis’.
Jacques has worked with Harry Kupfer, Marcel Sijm, Laurence Dale, Robin Coops, Miranda van Kralingen, Fabrice Bollon, Stefan Veselka, Per-Otto Johansson, Frank Zielhorst, Martin Sieghart and Marco Bons.
In 2011 Jacques de Faber founded a non-profit organization together with Kyra Bertram to improve the education of opera students at the conservatory of Maastricht. The Opera Company raises funds for guest lecturers, masterclasses, extra lessons, workshops and student productions.