According to Itzhak Libresko, D. was a Lemberger and
when Goldfaden had forced him to become a tenor, he sent him to
Bucharest [tsukermanen, velkher hot im, gevezenem] a
choirboy, he was brought in the troupe. As a singer, D.
excelled and had really charmed the audience, but as an
actor he used to receive "lump fever" and therefore
after a short time left the stage.
Zigmund Mogulesko related in
his memoirs ("Forward", 1906) that "D. had sung together
with him for Cantor Kuper, and afterwards studied
together in the conservatory, where they had come to
receive a proposal to [shmdn] and was taken in to
perform in the Rumanian theatre. D. had a Caruso voice.
Rich, filled with metal and with gentleness, it was just
a rarity. When he had left the opera stage, it would be
with him that the world succeeded."
According to Cesar
Greenberg, D. wasn't ordered Dilman, but Dilman.
Goldfaden had created for him a specially written role
in "Nye be, nye me". D. acted for several months with
Goldfaden, but he was [antoysht], so he left the stage
and went away to study music in Vienna, where he later
was a cantor.
M. E. from
Itzhak Libresko and Cesar Greenberg.
B. Gorin -- "History of
Yiddish Theatre", Vol. I, pp. 182-3.