Obituary: Belgian Soprano Jodie Devos Dies at 35

By Francisco Salazar

On June 16, 2024, soprano Jodie Devos died at 35.

According to reports, the soprano died from cancer in Paris.

Born on Oct. 10, 1988, in Libramont-Chevigny, Belgium, Devos studied at the Institut de Musique et de Pédagogie in Namur and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2014, she went on to win second prize and the audience prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition. In 2015, she became an honorary citizen of Namur.

Throughout her career, she performed all over the world in many of the prestigious theaters including the Opéra Comique, Opéra Royal de Wallonie, and Opéra National de Montpellier. She also performed in Germany, Holland, Italy, India, Canada, Brazil, and Poland.

Among her collaborators were Paolo Arrivabeni, Mikko Franck, Leonardo García Alarcón, Philippe Jordan, Louis Langrée, Antonello Manacorda, Enrique Mazzola, and Marc Minkowski.

Devos also performed an extensive repertoire that included Adèle in “Die Fledermaus,”  Alice in “Le Comte Ory,” Rosina in “The Barber of Seville,” the title role in Delibes’s “Lakmé,” Eurydice in “Orpheus in the Underworld,” Susanna in “The Marriage of Figaro,” The Queen of the Night in “The Magic Flute,” Zerbinetta in “Ariadne auf Naxos,” Gilda in “Rigoletto,” and Marie in Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment,” among others.

Devos recorded several albums including “Offenbach: Colorature,” “Mozart: The Vienna Concert,” and “Le Comte Ory.”

Regarding her “Colorature” album OperaWire noted, “A Perfect Celebration of the Composer’s 200th Birthday By A Fascinating Soprano.”