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Gheorghiu goes Dutch with tragic actor in Jacques Brel

The prodigious actor Jeroen Willems died today in rehearsal of a heart attack. He was just 50 years old.

Among his many and versatile roles, Jeroen performed in Louis Andriessen’s La Commedia in Carnegie Hall.

He was a popular performer of Jacques Brel songs in Dutch. In this royal jubilee performance in April 2005, he made a celebrated appearance with Angela Gheorghiu, who sang first in French, then in Dutch. (Watch from 3:00)

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  1. Pierre Audi says:

    The Planet has lost one of its most ‘musical’ actors, an exceptional artist with an ability to reach out to many artforms and speak with equal charisma to audiences from differing cultures. A massive loss.

  2. I can’t understand this. Just simply can’t.
    He was one of the greatest artist I’ve ever met.
    RIP, Jeroen!

    • I have watched the video five times, riveted.

      • Norman, I can understand your watching again and again. If the music wasn’t emotional enough, and his voice so perfectly suited to it, his premature death was tragic. Deep condolences to you.

      • Jan Pieter koch says:

        the way Jeroen sang ‘Brel ‘ was unequalled.
        He never imitated Brel, never. But watching
        Him and hearing him you felt Brel in your bones,
        Through Jeroen you could picture the world of belgium ( flanders, walloniƫ ),
        In his performance he took you by the hand and brought you in another world. THE world of his imagination.

  3. Brian Hughes says:

    An amazing performance from both artists. Thank you very much for sharing this with us, Norman. And my condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Willems.

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