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Dutch tenor John van Kesteren dies at 87


Sir John van Kesteren, a Dutch operatic tenor who sang in some of the finest opera houses and concert halls in the world during a career that spanned more than five decades, died Friday. He was 87. Kesteren, who made his operatic debut in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, in 1947, was known as an outstanding Bach and Mozart interpreter, performing as the Evangelist in Bach's Passion in over 400 performances in cities all over the world. At British composer Benjamin Britten's suggestion, Kesteren sang at the first German performance of Britten's War Requiem with the Berlin Philharmonic. MORE
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