Betty van den Bosch
Dutch postcard. Photo Godfried de Groot, Amsterdam.
Betty van den Bosch-Schmidt (1900-1972) was a Dutch opera and Lieder singer. Born in Rotterdam, she trained in Amsterdam with Anke Schierbeek, then pursued her training abroad in Brussels, Munich, Paris and Berlin. After two seasons of performances in Lübeck and Trier she returned to the Netherlands, where she quickly became known in the company of Louis Bouwmeester, Die Haghezangers. In the long run their operetta repertory didn't satisfy her, so she continued her study in singing and focused on opera and Lieder. In the later 1930s she became an acclaimed singer both in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe, performing with most renowned conductors of those years such as Willem Mengelberg and Bruno Walter. In 1937 she did a big tour to the Dutch East Indies, while an American tour failed to happen because of the outbreak of the Second World War.
Hear Betty van den Bosch sing 'Der Vollmond strahlt' from Rosamunde: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyPNIrrbBAI