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Joseph Schmidt
Joseph Schmidt

Joseph Schmidt (March 4, 1904November 16, 1942) was a tenor and actor. He was born in Davideny, a small town in the Bukovina province of Austria-Hungary, later Romania and now part of Ukraine. Joseph Schmidt Image was found on the internet, address or copyright unknown. ... March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (64th in leap years). ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... This article is about the year. ... Austria-Hungary, also known as the Dual monarchy (or: the k. ...


As a child of musical parents, young Joseph was influenced by many cultures. In addition to his native Yiddish, he learned Hebrew and became fluent in Romanian, German, French and English. His first vocal training was as an alto boy in the synagogue of nearby Czernowitz. His talents were quickly recognised and by 1924 he was featured in his first solo recital in Czernowitz singing traditional Jewish songs and arias by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and Bizet. Soon he moved to Berlin and took piano and singing lessons from Professor Hermann Weissenborn. He returned to Romania for his military service and became cantor of the Czernowitz synagogue. Yiddish (Yid. ... Hebrew (עִבְרִית ‘Ivrit) is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family spoken by more than seven million people in Israel and Jewish communities around the world. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Lesko synagogue, Poland A synagogue (Hebrew: בית כנסת ; beit knesset, house of assembly; Yiddish: שול, shul) is a Jewish place of religious worship. ... Chernivtsi (Чернівці, Romanian: Cernăuţi, German: Czernowitz, Polish: Czerniowce, Hungarian: Csernovic, Yiddish: Chernovits) is a city in Northern Bukovina, Ukraine. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... This article is about the musical term aria. ... Giuseppe Verdi, by Giovanni Boldini, 1886 (National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome). ... Giacomo Puccini Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924) is regarded as one of the great operatic composers of the late 19th and early 20th century. ... Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (February 29, 1792 — November 13, 1868) was an Italian musical composer who wrote more than 30 operas as well as sacred music and chamber music. ... Georges Bizet (October 25, 1838 – June 3, 1875), was a French composer of the romantic era best known for his opera Carmen. ... A hazzan or chazzan (Hebrew for cantor) is a Jewish musician trained in the vocal arts who helps lead the synagogue in songful prayer. ...


In 1929 he went back to Berlin, where Cornelis Bronsgeest, a famous Dutch baritone, engaged him for a radio broadcast as Vasco da Gama in Meyerbeer's L'Africaine. This was the beginning of a successful international career. Due to his diminuitive stature (he was just over 1,50 m) a stage career was impossible, however his voice was extremely well suited for radio. He made many records, especially for Odeon/Parlophone, was featured in many radio broadcasts, and acted in several movies, in both German and English.


Ironically, Joseph Schmidt enjoyed his greatest successes during the rise of the German Nazis, who subsequently prohibited Jewish artists and writers to work. In 1937, he toured the United States and performed in the Carnegie Hall together with other prominent singers such as Grace Moore. The Nazis banned him from performing in Germany and Austria, but he was still very much welcome in The Netherlands and Belgium, where he was immensely popular. Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in New York City located at 57th Street and 7th Avenue. ...


In 1939, he visited his mother in Czernowitz for the last time, and when the war broke out that year, he attempted to escape to the United States. Unfortunately, this failed and he was interned in a Swiss refugee camp in Gyrenbad in 1940. His feeble health and the harsh camp life caused his death on 16 November 1942, when he was only 38 years old.


Famous for his phenomenal high register, Joseph Schmidt could easily sing A's, B's, C's and even a high D. His warm lyrical voice was perfectly suited for the melodies of Schubert and Léhar. (Based on article by Kathryn E. Cole on Tenorland.com)


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Joseph Schmidt - Music Downloads - Online (708 words)
Bio: To hear Joseph Schmidt's singing today, on any of the 80-plus songs and arias that he left behind to posterity, is to encounter one of the most glorious and tragic stories in the annals of music.
Worse still, from the standpoint of pure survival, Schmidt had the misfortune to be a German national in the era of the Nazis' rise to power, and although he was able to appear in recitals with his friend and colleague Richard Tauber, it was impossible for Schmidt to pursue a life or career in Germany.
Joseph Schmidt was one of three children of Wolf and Sarah Schmidt, living in a community that included Poles, Romanians, Ukrainians, Germans, and Gypsies in its ranks.
Joseph Schmidt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (449 words)
Joseph Schmidt (March 4, 1904 – November 16, 1942) was a tenor and actor.
He was born in Davideny, a small town in the Bukovina province of Austria-Hungary, later Romania and now part of Ukraine.
Famous for his phenomenal high register, Joseph Schmidt could easily sing A's, B's, C's and even a high D. His warm lyrical voice was perfectly suited for the melodies of Schubert and Léhar.
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