V0340. JOHN van KESTEREN, w.Seibel, Koetsier & Eichhorn Cond.: Arias & Duets (w. Köth, Plumacher, Hallstein, Cordes & Heinz Hermann) from Iphigénie en Tauride, La Rencontre Imprévue, Le Comte Ory, L’Italiana in Algeri, Guillaume Tell, Barbiere, Don Sebastiano, La Fille du Régiment, La Favorita, Anna Bolena, Don Pasquale, Il Pirata, La Juive, L’Éclair, Si J’Étais Roi, Rigoletto, La Jolie Fille de Perth, Die Toten Augen, Snegorotchka, etc. (Portugal) 2-Gala 100.572, Broadcast Performances, 1961-82. [One of the most satisfying and artistically rewarding recitals on our website . . . highly recommended!] Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 8712177038169
“The tenor John van Kesteren’s first appearance was in 1942 with a operetta company in Apeldoorn in the role of Barinkay in Johann Strauss' DER ZIGEUNERBARON. van Kesteren made his début in 1947 in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, as the Italian singer in DER ROSENKAVALIER, a production with Anni Konetzni, Fritz Krenn and the very young Hilde Güden. In 1949, world-famous conductor Erich Kleiber asked him to audition for the roles of the young sailor and Melot in Wagner's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, in a production by the Wagner Society and, once again, directed by Lothar Wallerstein.
After studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Vera Schwarz in Salzburg, John van Kesteren went to Berlin where he joined the Komische Oper in 1954 and the Stadtische Oper in 1956. In 1959 he moved to Munich at the invitation of both the National Theatre and the Theater am Gartnerplaz, where he remained for seventeen years. As a lyric tenor with a remarkable range in the upper register he specialized in roles that are generally difficult to cast, in both the 18th and 19th-century repertoire and 20th-century works, ranging from roles in Richard Strauss' operas to Carl Orff’s CARMINA BURANA. Carl Orff, who later became a close friend, would even write to people anywhere in the world planning to perform CARMINA BURANA saying that John van Kesteren was his favourite ‘Roasted Swan'. In later years van Kesteren specialized in character parts, as well as singing a wide concert repertoire that included hundreds of appearances as the Evangelist in Bach's ST. MATTHEW PASSION. He concertized in all significant concert halls around the world.”
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