The Dutch tenor Arnold Bezuyen was born in the town of Den Helder and studied in Amsterdam. His early career took him to Augsburg and Bremen, where his roles included Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La bohème, Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana, the Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, Cassio in Verdi’s Otello, Ismaele in Nabucco, Alfredo in La traviata, Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Loge in Das Rheingold. He spent two seasons at the Vienna State Opera and remains closely associated with the company. Among the roles he has sung in Vienna are Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Dr Caius in Falstaff, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer and Alwa in Lulu. His career has also taken him to Amsterdam, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Kassel, London, La Scala, Milan, Naples, New York, Stuttgart, Tokyo and Valencia. He has enjoyed particular success as David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as Shuysky in Boris Godunov at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, as Jim Mahoney in Kurt Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and as Matteo in Arabella at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. In addition to his operatic appearances, Arnold Bezuyen has also pursued an active career in the concert hall in a repertory extending from the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi to twenty-first-century works. Among his concert engagements have been performances of Mahler’s Das klagende Lied, which he sang with the North German Radio Orchestra in Hamburg in November 2004, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis in Santiago de Compostela, the same composer’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna and Hamburg and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Dortmund Philharmonic. Arnold Bezuyen also took part in the world première of Peter-Jan Wagemans’ Legende in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and has appeared as Klaus Narr in Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder both in Monte Carlo and with the Berlin Philharmonic.
He made his Bayreuth début in 1999 as the First Knight and Second Noble, returning in subsequent years as Balthasar Zorn, Loge, Heinrich der Schreiber, the Shepherd in Tristan und Isolde and First Noble. At the 2009 Bayreuth Festival he again sings Loge in Das Rheingold as well as the First Grail Knight in Stefan Herheim’s production of Parsifal.