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Leonardus Antony Marinus Riemens (born December 3, 1910 in Zevenbergen ; died April 3, 1985 in Maastricht ) was a Dutch cultural journalist and musicologist .


Leo Riemens grew up in a family of doctors in Amsterdam . He studied musicology in Amsterdam and from 1931 worked as a feature editor for the newspaper Het Vaderland . From 1954 to 1976 he was an opera and television critic for the Telegraaf newspaper . Riemens published numerous articles in the journals Opera , Luister , Gramophone and Opera News . He wrote an opera guide and biography on Maria Callas . At Radio Hilversum , he designed the Uren der Zangkunst series . Riemens owned one of the largest collections of records of his time. For the record series Lebendige Geschichte published by Jürgen Schmidt , he wrote cover texts for almost unknown singers.

With Karl-Josef Kutsch , Riemens published a small encyclopedia of singers under the title Immortal Voices in 1962 . In 1975 the revision as Immortal Voices followed. Singer Lexicon , which was revised with his participation in 1985 and developed into a standard work.

Leo Riemens and Rietje Hendriks are buried in the Tongerseweg cemetery, the tombstone bears the inscription Pace, pace, mio ​​dio .

Fonts (selection)

  • Peter van der Spek ( arrangement ): Groot operaboek. Uniepers, Abcoude 1993.
  • with Karl-Josef Kutsch : Large song dictionary . From 1962 several editions and revised editions
  • Maria Callas. Bruna, Utrecht 1960.
  • De opera. Nelissen, Bilthoven 1958.
  • Ures of the art of force. Opera's beroemde zangers en zangeressen. De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam 1954.
  • Thomas Russell Ybarra : Caruso: een gold stem verovert de wereld. Translation from English. Nelissen, Bilthoven 1955.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The authors. In: Großes Sängerlexikon , Volume 4, 2003, p. XII.
  2. on Luister see nl: Luister
  3. Gottfried Cervenka: Apropos opera. Leo Riemens (1910–1985). ORF eins , December 14, 2010.
  4. Algemene Begraafplaats Tongerseweg , near Breur Henket