Frans van Daalen

Picture of Frans van Daalen

Van Daalen was at the Zürich opera theater from 1965 to 1974; 1965 would seem to have been his career start since one year before, he still took part in a singing competition in 's-Hertogenbosch. Roles that he sang in Zürich included Nemorino, Lyonel, Faust, Massenet's des Grieux, Ferrando, Tamino, Jeník, Pinkerton, Italienischer Sänger, Hoffmann, Roberto Devereux, Walther von der Vogelweide, Nerone in Händel's Agrippina and Tichon.

Other than in Zürich, he sang in Santa Fe in those years (his American debut, see below), and in Austria: at the Vienna Volksoper Don Ramiro in 1968 and Faust in La damnation de Faust in 1969; at the Bregenz Festival: Camille de Rosillon in 1968; Harry Hell in the world premiere of Robert Stolz' operetta Hochzeit am Bodensee in 1969. After 1974, I find no further references to him, so his career was likely very short.

His voice is preserved on a few live and radio recordings of complete operas and operettas, but unfortunately, none of these is available.

And this is where François Nouvion heard (and disapproved of) him:

Santa Fe Opera
Flamand (Capriccio), Andres (Wozzeck), Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), Ramiro (La Cenerentola)

1974 Das Land des Lächelns on 3 March with Paul Späni, Wilma Lipp, Ina Dressel, Erich Windl

Reference 1; reference 2: René Seghers: Discovering voices. International singing competition 's-Hertogenbosch, 1954–2022; reference 3: The Santa Fe New Mexican, 1 July 1966; reference 4: Volksoper Wien, program booklet for the 2018/19 season; reference 5

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