Keurvels, Edward H.


Composer and conductor, who was born in Antwerp. After studying for some years under Benoit, he became chorusmaster of the Royal Theatre at Antwerp. Until 1882 he conducted the Flemish National Theatre, into which, in 1890, he introduced opera with dialogue. He brought out Benoit's Pacificatie van Gent and Charlotte Corday, Beethoven's Fidelio and Waelput's Stella. He wrote the operas Parisina, Hamlet, and Rolla; operettas; cantatas; ballads and songs; and a mass with organ.