Magazine article Opera Canada

Randall Jakobsh

Magazine article Opera Canada

Randall Jakobsh

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FOR RANDALL JAKOBSH, THE GEOGRAPHIC stretch of singing in North and South America and in Europe is just part of the discipline of the calling. And disciplined he is, ever ready to take on new roles at the request of companies--even when they need him in very short order. His ability to learn and perform a role quickly and with finesse has contributed to his success.

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A pastor's son who began singing in his father's church, where his mother was choir director, Jakobsh embarked on his career almost by chance. "I was at my high-school graduation, sitting next to James Beer [formerly chorus director for Calgary Opera], who said that since I was always singing at church, I should come over and sing for him. I sang 'Amazing Grace.' He immediately phoned Alexander Grey [late Professor of Voice at University of Calgary], saying, 'I have the bass voice you have always been looking for.' So I went into Calgary's voice program. I was already enrolled in Lethbridge College's Fish and Wildlife program to become a game warden. Well, that all changed very quickly!"

After graduating from Calgary, Jakobsh attended the University of Toronto Opera School, working with James Craig and Mary Morrison. …

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