Basses

Dutch bass-baritone Donald Bentvelsen discovered singing at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden while studying English language and literature, and immediately started classical training with Margreet Honig at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. Donald has sung oratorio solo roles in The Netherlands and across Europe, and has appeared with the Huelgas Ensemble, Tragicomedia, the Amsterdam Baroque Soloists, Ensemble Alte Musik Dresden and Capella Figuralis amongst many others. He is an original member of the Amsterdam Baroque Choir, and is often invited to perform with Collegium Vocale Gent, the Dutch Groot Omroepkoor, the Deutscher Kammerchor, the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and the Nederlands Kamerkoor. In 1995 Donald Bentvelsen founded a male vocal ensemble: the renowned Egidius Kwartet. He lives in Almere.

Marc Pantus (bass-baritone) studied at both the Utrecht Conservatorium and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, where he also joined the Opera class, and was awarded the Bachelor’s performance degree in 1997. Marc has been regularly invited to perform as a soloist –  especially in oratorio works – both in The Netherlands and abroad, and has frequently worked with ensembles such as the Utrechts Barok Consort and Cappella Figuralis, the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and Musica ad Rhenum. His dynamic stage presence and comic skills have led to many leading operatic roles, including with Opera Holland Park in London, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Opera Spanga and the Noord Nederlands Orkest. Since 2001, Marc Pantus has directed and sung in his own chamber-opera ensemble i piccoli olandesi.