Born in Indonesia, she studied voice with Aaltje Noordewier-Reddingius in Hilversum and with Berthe Seroen in Amsterdam in addition to violin at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 1947 she made her debut on Radio Hilversum singing Mozart’s “Exsultate Jubilate”. In 1949 she made her stage debut at the Vienna State Opera. Violetta was her first role at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam in 1955. In 1958 she caused a sensation there in Lortzing’s “Der Wildschütz”. In 1960 she appeared in the world premiere of “Martin Korda” by Henk Badings. In 1963 she appeared at the Grand Théâtre Geneva in the premiere of the opera “Monsieur de Pourceaugnac” by Frank Martin. Her repertoire included the Queen of the Night, Pamina, Konstanze, Susanna, Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, Norina, Gilda, Olympia , Juliette, and Anna in “La Dame Blanche” .