Kruijt, Emmy

BORN 26 Jan 1878, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland - DIED 24 Jan 1963, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland
BIRTH NAME Kruijt, Suzanna Theresia Emeline
GRAVE LOCATION Den Haag, Zuid-Holland: Nieuw Eykenduynen, Kamperfoeliestraat (A-746)

Emmy Kruijt was the daughter of a naval administration officer. She moved with her parents to Penang (now Malaysia) where her father became consul general. In British India her musical talent was recongnised and after her return to the Netherlands she immadiately entered the conservatory in The Hague. A.J. Ackerman and A. Spoel gave her piano lessons. She debuted at the Italian Opera in The Hague in Mascagnis "Ratcliff", a small part that brought her success. She continued her eeducation in Paris with Mathilde Marchesi.

In Amsterdam she joined the Nederlandsche Opera under Cornelis van der Linden. After that she worked for the Lyrisch Tooneel where she met her future husband Thom Denijs. In 1902 they sang together in "Die Zauberfläute" by Mozart. After 1905 she worked as a voice teacher in Rotterdam and Berlin. During the First World War they returned to the Netherlands and in 1917 she performed in Johan Wagenaar's opera "De Cid" in Amsterdam.

She stayed with her husband in Switzerland and in the USA. Denijs died in 1935 and she continued teaching until the Second World War.

Related persons
• was pupil of Marchesi, Mathilde


The grave of Thom Denijs and Elly Kruijt at the Nieuw Eykenduynen cemetery in The Hague.
Picture by Androom (18 May 2023)


Kucharsky, Alexander

Published: 18 May 2023
Last update: 18 May 2023