Johan Rogmans

23 October 1852 Haarlem – 17 October 1911 Amsterdam

His voice was discovered while he served in the military in Gouda. A local choirmaster organized a bank job in Amsterdam for him, and voice teachers.

He made his debut in 1879, or in 1881 in Haydn's Schöpfung, depending on sources; one way or the other, it made him famous over night. He was, however, wise enough to keep his bank job until he thought his voice studies were complete. He always sang in concert only, primarily in oratorio; at one point, he declined an offer to sing opera in Leipzig. He appeared in the Netherlands, in Belgium and in Germany, and roused great enthusiasm. In his career, he sang 73 times with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Because of ill health, he retired at age 50.

Reference 1 and picture source, reference 2: Dutch Divas


Gramophone, Amsterdam, September 1901
61x	Feestzang ter eere H. M. Koningin Wilhelmina (Loots)		92102
67x	Tannhäuser (Wagner): Den Bronnen, den uns Wolfram nannte	42362
Reference: Gesellschaft für historische Tonträger, Wien

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