Famous Belgian singer, who reached the climax of his career at Bayreuth. He was successful also as a teacher. Taught in Burges, Antwerp and Mons. He was born at St. Nikolas, Belgium, and studied at the Brussels Conservatory, under Goossens and Warnots, made his debut in Benoit's oratorio, Lucifer, and for a number of years was identified with the principal part in this oratorio. In 1889 his singing of Gurnemanz in Parsifal was a memorable event.