The lyric baritone Frans Kokkelmans (born 1954) teaches Solo Singing and Chamber Music in the Classical Music department of Conservatorium Maastricht. He also is a member of the Master examination-committee, the Test committee and the Education committee.
Frans Kokkelmans studied at Conservatorium Maastricht with Mya Besselink and others, obtaining degrees in Music Education, Solo Singing, and Opera. He had private lessons with M. Röhrich Hülskötter, H. Branisteanu, J. Bröcheler, and professor Baird, and attended a course on baroque music with Lode Devos in Karlsruhe.
After completing his studies, he sang with the Stadttheater Aachen (Germany) and assisted Mya Besselink for eight years. He has performed roles in operas and operettas such as Die verkaufte Braut, Die Zauberflöte, Carmen, La Traviata, The Rake’s Progress, I Lombardi, and L’elisir d’amore in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2003 he sang the title role in the highly praised world premiere of Michiel Borstlap’s opera Ibn Sina in Qatar. He is a regular guest performer with Opera Zuid (Netherlands) and the Alden Biesen summer opera festival (Belgium). He is also a much sought-after soloist for oratorio performances throughout Europe.
Kokkelmans has given workshops in Italy and France, is on the board of the concert series Muziekdagen Eys (Netherlands), and has participated in countless radio, television, and CD recordings.