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Subject: Re: singers who should have had big international careers - but didnt
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Mon, 2 Oct 2017 15:51:02 -0400

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Mr. Youngmann asks if the Mike Richter compiled CD-ROM celebrating Jewish opera singers 
is still available.  I was fascinated by that release from Mike (another person whose 
presence is sorely missed from this list) as I was with all of his releases, which he gave 
away selflessly almost every week.  

This one was cold "Stars of David" and is still available now from Here's 
the information from that site:

AE-002 STARS OF DAVID The second volume of the Audio Encyclopedia, Stars of David, is 
now on CD-ROM. This disc contains over 600 complete recordings of almost 200 singers of 
Jewish heritage, including operatic arias, classical songs, and Hebrew and Jewish cantorial 
and song. All artists are listed with biographical information and pictures where they could 
be found. 

Much of the material is exceptionally rare, and a great many of the recordings have never 
been reissued or even published. 

It is impractical to list here all of the singers on the disc, but here are a few of particular 

Mikhail Alexandrovitch, tenor
Cantor Richard Allen, baritone
Mario Ancona, baritone
Giuseppina Baldassare
-Tedeschi, soprano
Cantor Selmar Cerini, tenor
Charles Dalmores, tenor
Cantor Louis Danto, tenor
Elise Elizza, soprano
Marisa Galvany, soprano
Igor Gorin, baritone
Robert Ilosfalvy, tenor
Jan Kiepura, tenor 
and his brother Wladislaw, tenor
Nina Koshetz, soprano 
and her daughter Marina, soprano
Cantors David and
Moshe Kusevitsky, tenors
Cantor Sawel Kwartin, baritone 
his granddaughter Evelyn Lear, soprano
Hulda Lashanska, soprano
Emanuel List, bass
Rose Pauly, soprano
Rosa Raisa, soprano 
and her husband Giacomo Rimini, baritone
Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, tenor 
and his son Cantor Henry Rosenblatt bass-baritone
Friedrich Schorr, baritone 
and his father Cantor Mayer Schorr, baritone
Neil Shicoff, tenor 
and his father Cantor Sidney Shicoff, tenor
Cantor Gerson Sirota, tenor
Alexander (Sandor) Sved, baritone
Georgy Vinogradov, tenor
Josef Winogradoff, baritone
Of course, we have included rare material from such well-known recording artists as George 
Robert Merrill, Jan Peerce, Roberta Peters, Mark Reizen, Josef Schmidt, Beverly Sills, 
Richard Tauber and Richard Tucker. 

Clips with Descriptions

It is not unusual for the children of classical singers to be singers themselves, but it is rare 
for the offspring of a famous artist to perform at a similar level of artistry and acclaim. 
Perhaps because of the intensity of exposure, such relationships are far more frequent in 
singers of Jewish heritage. Rather than dwelling on families of cantors - as many as four 
brothers were all noted as hazzans - I have chosen three examples where a famous cantor 
was followed by a famous opera singer. 

Cantor Mayer and Friedrich Schorr

Mayer Schorr was offered an opportunity by Gustav Mahler, then Director of the Opera, to 
sing at that house. He refused for religious reasons and remained a cantor all of his life. At 
the time of Friedrich's birth in 1888, Mayer was the cantor of the main synagogue in 
Nagyverad, Hungary, but later became the chief cantor of the Grand Synagogue in . Cantor 
Schorr was one of the earliest cantors to record; this 1902 selection came to us through the 
kindness of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Record Archive of the New York Public Library. 

Cantor Sawel Kwartin and Evelyn Lear

Savel (Zevulun) Kwartin was born in Khonorad, Ukraine in 1874. It is difficult to classify his 
voice, since it was part tenor and part baritone. Although offered many opportunities to sing 
in opera, he chose to remain exclusively a cantor. He held important posts in St. Petersburg, 
and Budapest before emigrating to the United States in 1920. For 10 years he was cantor at 
the Temple Emanuel in Brooklyn. After retirement, he moved to Palestine, where he resided 
for 7 years, but then returned to New York, where he died in 1953. . . . 

Neil Shicoff was born in New York in 1949 and studied voice with his father, as well as at 
Juilliard. His professional debut was as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Metropolitan Opera 
in 1976. He quickly gained renown as a tenor, and has sung around the world. He is 
represented here in a 1986 performance of the Romeo et Juliette Act III Finale ."

Worth picking up and at the current sale price of $3.99 - there's no excuse not to own this!


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