Tenor Laurent Swolfs (1867-1954) as “Werther”, Royal Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1902: The unassuming romantic hero

In high demand in romantic and heroic roles, despite some limitation in the upper register, his performances were described as “intense with pathos and musicality”.  A modest man who enjoyed cycling and good wine, he fell down the stairs of his house and died short after. He left a recording legacy.