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Subject: Re: singers who should have had big international careers - but didnt
From: Rudi Van den Bulck <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 2 Oct 2017 23:59:34 +0200
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For the record:
1.  fine as the cd-rom is afa recordings is concerned is it should be noted 
that several singers on the list are NOT Jewish at all (Georgy Vinogradov is 
a case in point) or didn't consider themselves Jewish at all (Tauber, 
Kiepura).
2.  Mayer Schorr/Mahler: this story is to be taken with a spoon of salt

RvdB

-----Oorspronkelijk bericht----- 
From: G. Paul Padillo
Sent: Monday, October 02, 2017 9:51 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: singers who should have had big international careers - but 
didnt

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 
premiereopera.com 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
interest.

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.
Weschomeru

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!

p.

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