Frans Vroons

28 April 1911 Amsterdam – 1 June 1983 's-Hertogenbosch

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Frans Vroons sings Un ballo in maschera: Non sai tu che se l'anima mia ... Ah qual soave brivido, with Gré Brouwenstijn
In RA format

Frans Vroons sings Euryanthe: Unter blüh'nden Mandelbäumen
In RA format

Vroons studied voice in Amsterdam, later in Paris; already during his studies, he sang small parts in the opera performances organized by the Wagnervereeniging (Wagner Association) in Amsterdam, plus he worked as a radio reporter. Amsterdam's operatic history is a rather confusing succession of more or less short-lived companies; in 1941, the umpteenth reorganization took place under the auspices of the German occupiers, and the new company's first tenor was Frans Vroons. (He had no Nazi affiliations, though, or he would have been punished after the war; the reborn Dutch state was appropriately unforgiving in that matter.) Vroons was to stay with that company and its various successors for more than 20 years, his entire career.

After World War II, he made numerous international guest appearances: at both the Opéra and the Opéra-Comique in Paris, Covent Garden, the New York City Center Opera, in San Francisco, Dublin, Stockholm, Bordeaux.

From 1957 to 1965, he was artistic director of the then current Amsterdam opera company, and until 1971, he was head of the opera school there, worked as a stage director, and still sang the occasional performance. After his retirement, he taught voice.

His most important roles were Pelléas, Alfredo, Cavaradossi and Don José; he also sang Tamino, des Grieux (Manon), Hoffmann, Florestan, Laca, Riccardo, Ägisth, Gonzalve (L'heure espagnole), Oedipus rex, Sellem (The rake's progress), and a lot of oratorio and lieder.

Reference 1: Kutsch & Riemens, reference 2: Dutch Divas

I would like to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording (Euryanthe).

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