Jacob made his stage debut as a soloist in 1938 at a concert performance of Xavier Leroux's opera Évangéline. Writing in La Presse, Marcel Valois described the performance: 'Jules Jacob's debut delighted everyone. He has a fine voice, particularly in the upper register, intelligent delivery and precise diction' (15 Sep 1938).
Jacob's theatre debut was made the following year with the Variétés lyriques in The Student Prince. He was a soloist in 1941, 1944, and 1947 in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the CSM Orchestra. At the Montreal Festivals he was a soloist in 1943 and 1944 in the St Matthew Passion and sang the role of the Helmsman in 1944 in Tristan und Isolde. At the Opera Guild he was given supporting roles in several of their productions. In the mid-1950s Jacob retired from performing to manage a record store. With Albert Viau, he recorded two items for the series La Bonne Chanson (Bluebird 55-5218).
Author Gilles Potvin
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Enregistrements sonores : Albert Viau
Click on the link "Parolier" and scroll down the menu to find a recording clip featuring Albert Viau and Jules Jacob. From the website for the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. (In French)
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