The Dutch baritone, Evert Jan Nagtegaal, started his singing career under Iza Valeton whilst at teacher training college. Dora Lindeman became his tutor during his study at the Utrecht Conservatorium. In Paris and then later also in the Netherlands he studied under the German baritone Udo Reinemann. He also followed the master-classes given by Reinemann with Noël Lee, concentrating largely on song interpretation. The distinguished soprano Erna Spoorenberg was his opera and oratorio repertoire coach for many years.
Evert Jan Nagtegaal is in great demand as a soloist for concerts and for larger oratory works and performs nationally and internationally in works such as J.S. Bach's Passions, Johannes Brahms' Requiem, George Frideric Handel's Messiah, the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré and Masses by Rossini, Haydn and Puccini. He often gives song recitals in which Jacomijn Puite, Noël Lee and Paul van der Woude are the regular pianists. He specialises in the romantic and late romantic repertoire of Schubert, Robert Schumann, J. Brahms, Strauss and Gustav Mahler as well as French and English speaking repertoire of G. Fauré, Hahn, Francis Poulenc, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Finzi and Butterworth.
Evert Jan Nagtegaal has sung in various roles with Opera Forum and the Nationale Reisopera and in many other performances such as the musical Candide by Leonard Bernstein, the operas La Forza del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi, Madame Butterfly by Puccini, Orfeo by Haydn, Salome by Richard Strauss and Manon by Massenet led by the conductors Nikza Bareza, Alessandro de Marchi, Lawrence Renes, Valery Gergiev and Brad Cohen. He has also appeared in the operettas Boccaccio, La belle Hélène and the children's opera Cinderella by Kerry Woodward.
Evert Jan Nagtegaal has produced several CD's together with the pianist Noël Lee a.o. with the alto Annelies Lamm in which they perform pieces by R. Schumann, J. Brahms and their Dutch contemporary Gerrit Jan van Eijken.
Evert Jan Nagtegaal is not only using his voice for singing but also for speaking commercial texts and voice-overs. As an actor he was on local television in the soap series 'Nachtegaal & Zonen'.