Herman Rombouts, bass

Herman-at-mic-smHerman Rombouts arrived from Holland via the Canadian Army where he played clarinet and saxophone in the famous Black Watch Military Band. He went on to study voice at the Banff School of Fine Arts with Dr.Vinci and enrolled on a scholarship at the Opera School of the University of Toronto. He joined the Canadian Opera Company in 1962 and sang with them and the COC Touring company for some 17 years.

Mr. Rombouts sang with the Ivan Romanov Chorus on Songs of My People on CBC Radio and Television for eight years as chorister and soloist. He performed at the Stratford Festival and with other opera companies in Canada. Herman has sung for many years with the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble, acquiring an extensive repertoire of Russian and Ukrainian songs so well suited to a basso profundo. Among his classical selections are La Calunnia  from The Barber of Seville by Rossini, Go Down Moses, La Vendetta from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, and many more. His acting talents were particularly evident in his portrayal of the Narrator/ Grandfather in the Ensemble’s successful production of Peter and the Wolf. Herman also sings with the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir as chorister and soloist.