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DutchDiva of the Month

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Dutch lyric soprano Barbara Schilstra is Diva of the Month December 2016/January 2017 in the wake of her lead part in 401Concerts 4, in the Concert Hall of the library at Spui, The Hague, 18 december. She will sing there an array of arias and duets from Dutch operas by Cornelis Dopper, Daniël de Lange, Gerard von Brucken Fock, Emile von Brucken-Fock, Willem Landré, Jan van GilseJan Brandts Buys en Richard Hageman. Schilstra's voice is marked by a silvery timbre and genuine personality. Till date the highlight of her career was a tour as Saffi in Gypsy Baron that took her from Vienna throughout Germany. The next highlight will be the December 18 concert! Who is curious after her voice is welcome to attend this coproduction with the Netherlands Music Institute. Entrance is Free!

Barbara Schilstra
18 december concert  

DutchDivo of the Month

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Kommt der neue Held gegangen... Since his debut in 1989 Dutch Heldentenor Hendrik Vonk has carved out an impressive career that has reaped him triumphs in Wagner en Strauss roles such as Tannhäuser, Tristan, Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), Menelaus (Ägyptische Helena) in Leipzig, Neuschwannstein, La Scala Milan and many other operatic tempels. 401DutchDivas is proud to announce Vonk's participation in 401Concerts 4. There, on December 18 in the OBA Concert Hall at Spui he will perform an array of highlights from Dutch operas in a coproduction with Netherlands Music Institute. Entrance is free of charge. Vonk's portrait on our website features impressive videos and mp3s  that place him in a lineage with the likes of Hendrik Appels and Jacques Urlus to Hans Kaart, Adriaan van Limpt and Frank van Aken.

18 december concert

Kaja Borris

KAJA-BORRIS-LOGO-FRONTPAGEIn Nederland is IVC 'Toonkunstprijs' 1968 winnares Kaja Borris (mezzo) vergeten, omdat ze als kind naar Berlijn verhuisde. Daar bouwde ze echter een 30-jarige carrière aan de opera op! Retrospect met veel beeld en geluidsmateriaal!


Cristina Deutekom

CristinaDeutDonderdag 7 augustus 2014 overleed de Nederlandse dramatische coloratuursopraan Cristina Deutekom. Cristina werd 82 jaar. Met haar verliezen wij de meest legendarische Dutch Diva uit de naoorlogse periode.




IVC 1962 winner, Belgian bass-baritone Jules Bastin is our new Divo of the Month. With many photos, sound & video samples.


Wagner Academy IVC Den Bosch


IVC organises a spectacular Wagner Academy with stars like Siegfried Jerusalem, Nadine Secunde, Dunja Vejzovic & Wolfgang Brendel. We went there looking for the Dutch Divas of the future!

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Joop Lindeijer radio interview (2005)

401dd-Joop-Lindeijer-logo-frontJoop Lindeijer radio interview (2005)

In memory of 401DutchDivas founder Joop Lindeijer (1940-2011) we honor him on his death day, July 1, by streaming his 2005 radio interview with Dutch opera fanatic Opera Pietje.

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Together with Dutch soprano Ank Reinders (1931) we have made an immaculate biography, with tons of pictures, samples and none less than 7 full downloads!

Biography  Chronology (1954-1966)

Downloads  Chronology (1967-1981)



Exclusive at 401DutchDivas: the 6CD Henk Smit collection as download including full booklets in pdf format.

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Henk Smit biography


401DD-CARUSOCaruso In Oostende en Blankenberge

Caruso may not be a Dutch-Flemish tenor, but... he did sang in Belgium! Patrick Spriet schreef er een biografische roman over. Read more here. Order the (DUTCH LNGUAGE ONLY !!!) book here

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Founding diva's

Founding diva’sThis website was founded in 2001 with the biographies of 4 divas: sopranos Jo Vincent, Elly Ameling and Gré Brouwenstijn, and the alto Aafje Heynis. Lindeijers archive meanwhile passed on to the 401DutchDivas.nl archive, which coincides with the 401DutchOperas.com archives of author René Seghers.