Cox, Jean

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Cox, Jean Gender: M
born on 16 January 1922 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place Gadsden, Alabama, 34n01, 86w0
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Lescaut
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 25°36' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 06°04 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 11°32'


American tenor, known for Heldentenor roles including Siegfried, Tristan, Walther, Lohengrin, and Tannhäuser. He also sang Otello in Verdi's opera.

He served in the United States Air Force during World War II as a pilot. After obtaining a degree in Music from the University of Alabama, he studied singing with Marie Sundelius at the New England Conservatory. He was subsequently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled him to study in Rome for a year.

Cox made his Italian debut at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, where he appeared as Rodolfo in La bohème. He then relocated to Germany, singing at Kiel, Braunschweig and Mannheim.

He made his Bayreuth debut as the Steersman in The Flying Dutchman in 1956. He subsequently sang the heavier roles there in many seasons from 1967 until 1984, mainly Siegfried in Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. His international career extended mostly to Europe. He made his Covent Garden debut in October 1975, singing the title role in Siegfried. His Metropolitan Opera debut came in April 1976, when he appeared as Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Cox was married to the mezzo-soprano Anna Reynolds, whom he had met at Bayreuth and with whom he later ran a successful academy for aspiring singers. He died on 24 June 2012, in Bayreuth, aged 90.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Grazia Bordoni database, 'entertainment' file quotes Lescaut.


  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 90)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera (Tenor)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military