Rob Wanders studied singing with Cora Canne Meijer at the Opera Academy of the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam (the current Conservatorium of Amsterdam). He graduated there in 1993. He has sung solo in oratorios and operas, with conductors as Hartmut Haenchen, Ed Spanjaard, Julian Reynolds, Reinbert de Leeuw and Frans Brüggen. He gave concerts until 2008 with his classical trio “D.A.L.I.” and with singer/pianist Wiebe Pier Cnossen he formed “Strangers in the Crowd” until 2010. They played mostly jazz standards, country songs, spirituals and ballads.
Rob’s main profession is as freelance chorussinger with The Dutch National Opera. In the past he did the same with the Dutch Touring Opera (Nederlandse Reisopera), The Flemish Opera, Onafhankelijk Toneel Rotterdam, Koor Nieuwe Muziek and the Bach Choir of the Netherlands.
Rob has recorded several CDs, published InHoused: ‘Wanders’ Nachtlied’ (1997), ‘Rob Wanders On’ (2001), ‘Lilac Wine’ (2004), ‘Everywhere There’s Rain’ (2008), ‘ElvisCrooner’ (2010), ‘Words around Midnight’ (2012, A number of songs on the CD are preceded by poems written and recited by himself),‘Lonesome Cowboy’ (2013), ‘Honey’ (2014), ‘Rob Wanders Sings Mickey Newbury’ (2015), ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes (2016), Where Do I Go From Here (2016), ‘Rob Wanders Sings Tim Buckley’ (2017), He Was A Friend Of Mine (2017) and ‘Nu De Nachten Nog …’ (2019). On these CDs he sings classical music, jazz, folk and country music. On the latest CD sings Rob Dutch songs.
The CDs ‘Rob Wanders Sings Mickey Newbury’ and ‘Rob Wanders Sings Tim Buckley’ can be purchased and/or streamed at, among others: spotify, iTunes, amazon.com, cdbaby.com and napster.com.