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Tom Brand (Tenor)

Born: September 28, 1917 - Wijlre, Limburg, the Netherlands
Died: October 6, 1970 - Limburg, the Netherlands

The Dutch tenor, Thomas Adrianus Franciscus (Tom) Brand, was discovered during his study at the High School for Agriculture in Groningen. He rent a room with a lawyer - also a great lover of classical music - who was so delighted when he heard his inmate, singing Schubert Lieder in the evening hours, that he suggested him to take singing-lessons. Tom Brand first received his singing-lessons with Jos Smeets at the Heerlense Muziekschool and later from Mr. Crolla, director of the Maastrichtse Muziekschool, Martin Koekelkoren, conductor of the Mastreechter Staar and essentially with pedagogue Suzanne Luger at the conservatory in Maastricht.

Tom Brands debut took place in 1953 with the Zuid-Nederlandse Opera with roles as Manrico (Verdi, Trovatore) and Faust. He joined for some time the Opera of Stuttgart and appeared in Mozart roles, a.o. Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.

From 1955 Tom Brand dedicated himself in his career mainly to oratorio, concert and Lieder singing and attained a high reputation in Holland with these areas, then in addition, also on international level. Guest tours in France, Italy, Belgium and Germany, brought him great successes. He was considered as an outstanding Bach interpreter and was particularly successful as Evangelist in the Passions of this great master and also in his Cantatas.

Tom Brand was widowed in the early 1960's and father - as a good catholic! - to ten children. He married the, in those days very popular American mezzo-soprano Nan Merriman, and she decided to give up her career in order to be with him and take care of the children. Unfortunately, Tom Brand died of a heart stroke in October 1970, short after his last appearance in Mozart's Krönungsmesse during the Music days of Eijs (Limburg). Nan Merriman stayed in Holland taking responsibility for the children, but when they were grown up she moved to Los Angeles in 1973 and never returned to Holland and Europe.

Recordings: Telefunken (Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) of J.S. Bach as Evangelist, Mass in B minor (BWV 232) of J.S. Bach).

Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (August 2001); Dutch Divas Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2001, October 2004)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Anthon van der Horst


BWV 85, BWV 151; Aria from BWV 85
BWV 232, BWV 244 [1st, Evangelist]

Jürgen Jürgens


BWV 208

André Rieu


BWV 206

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Tom Brand (401 Dutch Divas)  

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