Label: Parlophone - PMEO-9573 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Mono • Country: Australia • Genre: Classical, Stage & Screen • Style: Musical
That said, his graceful charm of expression and lyrical warmth made him one of the most beloved singers of his time. He was the son of an actor and theater director and an actress, and was raised by his father after the age of seven, thus increasing his exposure to music and the theater. His early studies at the Frankfurt Conservatory focused on conducting and composition, Long Ago - Richard Tauber - Songs Of Stage And Screen Volume 1 voice studies instead taking place at Freiburg under Carl Beines.
He was almost immediately given a five-year contract by the Dresden Opera where he became the established lyric tenor. Astonishingly, however, his Berlin Opera debut was as Bacchus in Richard Strauss ' Ariadne auf Naxos a role that many heroic tenors find incredibly taxingsung with 48 hours' notice and Long Ago - Richard Tauber - Songs Of Stage And Screen Volume 1 one rehearsal!
Tauber became known for his fast learning and musicianship, and was often called upon for such emergencies. He once took over as conductor for a tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In the s, he began to specialize in operetta and song, and became best known for those roles and for recitals, recordings, and film work.
Like most singers, his career was interrupted by the war, but he made his operatic farewell in as Don Ottavio in Mozart 's Don Giovanni. Though already seriously ill with the lung cancer that was to kill him the next year, according to critics and documented by air check recordings, it would have been a creditable performance for a singer in the best of health.
Tauber owed much of his fame to his then-prodigious recordings; rivaled only by the recorded output of John McCormack. Tauber's catalog unquestionably displays the most variety, including songs by Jerome Kern and Irving Berlinarias and duets from Verdi 's Il trovatore and Aida, Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, German lieder, and even the Neapolitan and Irish songs in which Caruso and McCormack were the main exponents.
Today, his operetta Old Chelsea which he wrote to celebrate his naturalization as an English citizen is still sometimes performed. Hipster Christmas - The best alternative festive winter xmas music - classics!
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