Hans Kaart

Picture of Hans Kaart

Hans Kaart sings Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
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Hans Kaart singsAida: Holde Aida
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Hans Kaart singsAida: Ich seh' dich wieder ... Du! Amonasro!, with Ingrid Bjoner and Norman Mittelmann
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Hans Kaart singsAida: Entflohen ist die Rivalin ... Schon sind die Priester all vereint, with Erika Wien
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Hans Kaart singsIl trovatore: Di quella pira
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Hans Kaart had a very unusual career. He was born Joannes Jansen (Kaart was his mother's maiden name). His uncle Johan Kaart was a drama actor, and that's what he, too, wanted to be. He made his debut in 1936, at the tender age of 16, and played with various companies throughout the Netherlands until 1955, becoming quite well-known, and appearing also in movies.

In the 1950s, though, he decided he would be a singer instead; from 1954, he studied voice in Milano, then in Detmold. His only studio recordings were made before his debut as a tenor, in 1956; the recording sessions were the first time that he sang with an orchestra.

His debut followed in January 1957, as Canio in Karlsruhe; in March, he sang in the Netherlands for the first time, in a concert at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, followed by Canio at the Nederlandse Opera two weeks later. But in his native country, his singing efforts were not quite taken seriously, and he never had much success. For the 1957/58 season, he returned to the drama theater and the movie screen, and as a singer restudied with a new teacher in Den Haag.

In December 1958, he made his debut at Covent Garden, as Calaf to Amy Shuard's Turandot; for the next two years, he sang primarily at Covent Garden, with good success, but also in Amsterdam. From December 1960, he was at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and Duisburg; other than that, he made guest appearances in Liège, Amsterdam again, and Chicago.

In June 1963, he went to a hospital in Switzerland (where he lived) for a small routine surgery on his ear. Unexpectedly, he suffered a heart attack while with anesthesia, and died.

His operatic repertory was small – just nine tenor roles, and surprisingly, two bass-baritone roles: Canio, Calaf, Don José, Radames, Ollendorf (Bettelstudent), Manrico, Witch (Hänsel und Gretel), Mephisto (Doktor Faust by Ferruccio Busoni), Otello, Samson, Zsupan (Zigeunerbaron). Kaart was married to the Scottish mezzosoprano Caroline Raitt.

Reference 1, reference 2: Dutch Divas

I want to thank Georges Cardol for the picture and recordings (Aida).

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