Niels Jacob Hansen
Niels Hansen studied as an artist but turned to singing and trained with Valdemar Lincke in Copenhagen, who discovered that the young singer held great potential. He made arrangements to train at the Royal Danish Academy of Music from 1906 to 1908. He made his debut in Copenhagen as Rodolfo in a 1909 production of La Boheme at the Danish Royal Theatre, starting a career as one its favorite tenors for 40 years. He went to Paris and studied with Jean de Reszke in 1911. Lauritz Melchior was Hansen's understudy at the Danish Metropolitan Opera for a little time in 1921.
Family and personal life
His parents were typographer Niels Jacob Hansen (ca. 1856-80) and Birthe Kirstine Christensen (born 1853). He also had 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl
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