Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Sep 20, 2014

Josef Sterkens (Tenor) (Antwerp, Belgium 1893 - ? 1952)

His real name was Josef Steuren. He was active first as a teacher, then, studied singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp under the pedagogue Edmond Bergers. In 1918 his debut occurred as a concert singer; his debut on the opera stage took place in 1925 at the Opera House in Antwerp, where he appeared till the forties, and was the manager in the 1935-1942 seasons. He appeared there in the premieres of the operas ''Sly'' by E. Wolf-Ferrari (in the title role) and "Toten Stadt" by Korngold (1923 as Paul). He sang also roles in operettas like Alfred in "Fledermaus"or the title role in Lehárs ''Paganini''.

Chronology of some appearances

1925 Antwerp Opera House


His Master's Voice 
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart):  Die Biltnis ist bezaubernd schön A.U. 21 2-043202

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