He made his debut in 1926 in Den Haag as Nando in Tiefland. The same year, he went to Germany: Koblenz first, then
Wuppertal. In 1932, he went on to Düsseldorf for seven years, where he changed his
repertory from lyrical to heroic.
The peak of his career seems to have been his Walther von Stolzing at
the 1937 Salzburg Festival under Toscanini's baton; in 1935 and 1937, he also gave two guest performances as Radames at the
Vienna Staatsoper. From 1939 to 1944, he was a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and appeared also in Amsterdam. After the
war, his career didn't get along very
well, and he ended up as a member of the small theatre of Münster. His 1952 stage farewell took place in
During WWII, he made
recordings for Odeon that were never released and are considered lost;
his voice is preserved in the Salzburg Meistersinger live recording under Toscanini, in a second act Meistersinger
from the Berlin radio (1942), and in a 1936 radio
recording of a cantata by the Dutch conductor and violinist Nico Treep.