Opera singer Pieter van den Berg has passed away, aged 96. He died on Sunday in his hometown of Kamperveen. His family has let it be known. The bass, born in Mijdrecht, has sung the most diverse roles with De Nederlandse Opera (the predecessor of Dutch National Opera), among others. He could also be heard in and with foreign halls and companies.
At the beginning of his career he was also active in the light genre. Under the name Pat Berry, he took part in the national song festival in 1962, with Be economical on the world. However, it was won by De Spelbrekers with Katinka, with which this duo did not score a single point in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Van den Berg made his operatic debut in 1954 as padre Guardian in Verdi’s La forza del destino at the Opera of Koblenz. Two years later he ended up at the famous Staatsoper Berlin. In the mid-1990s he made his last real appearance, including in the Opera Symposion by Peter Schat and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner. A few years later, he sang a few more times in public.
He was knighted in the Order of Orange-Nassau. Until recently, Van den Berg was still active as a vocal coach.