The Dutch tenor, Arjan Blanken (1924-2009), was a graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatoire. He debuted in 1954 in the Grote Kerk at Edam. He first appeared as oratorio- and lieder-singer. He made his opera-debut as Fenton (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor by Otto Nicolai) at the Zuid-Nederlandse Opera in 1957, and performed in several lyric tenor opera-roles. In Der Wildschütz by Lortzing he had at the performance on June, 4 1958 as cast a.o. Erna Spoorenberg , Guus Hoekman and Aafje Heijnis.