Born in 1854 in Belz, Romania. Parents -- merchants.
Sang in temple, then there became a conductor, later a
conductor in a French operetta in Bucharest and then in
Goldfaden's troupe a chorister and actor.
According to M. Budkin, E.
was born in Odessa, may have completed rabbinical
school, later singing in the opera, known as "Velvl
Bass", and was one of the first to perform as "Avraham"
in Goldfaden's "the Sacrifice of Isaac' (in Goldfaden's
According to Tabatshnikov,
E. was an an Odesser, had sung as a bass in Odessa in
the synagogue on Riichelevska street, and was with
Goldfaden the first to act as "Eliezer" in "Bar Kochba".
According to Jacob Katzman,
E. later acted with I. I. Lerner in a troupe, and was
the first to embody the role of "De Silva" in the
Yiddish offering of Gutzkov's "Uriel Acosta".
After the ban on performing
Yiddish theatre in Russia, E. traveled with small
Yiddish troupes, then with Sam Adler and later became an
independent manager of troupes.
M. Myodovnik, who had found
E. acting in Mishurat's troupe, tells his memoirs:
"In the troupe we
oysgekumen zikh tsu found with the old Edelman had
worn a beard. He acted in "Dovids fidele". He had from
one act to another not over-grimaced, only the beard.
When younger -- she was black, and when older -- he used
to onpudern. Ordinarily he had with the direction
not had what to do(?), because he never had a play he
wasn't able to place(?), and as well the actors in the
troupe were used from Warsaw to act on geherikn ufn,
had us oysgeteylt from one day to another, he may
have set the play, only on the poster was "under the
main direction of Odessa artist from Goldfaden's
Marinski's Theatre D. Edelman". We could not have
monitored, because the permit had been put in their hand
[E.'s daughter had lived with a Count Dashkevitsh, and
she used to through him received in her name the permit
to act], and If we did any talking, they were promptly
rapid(?) "One doesn't act in theatre".
On 19 February 1920, E.
passed away in Odessa.
M. E. from
Menasha Budkin, S. Tabatshnikov and Jacob Katzman.
B. Gorin -- "History of
Yiddish Theatre", Vol. I, p. 199.
M. Myodovnik -- "Meyne
teater zikhroynes, "Shtern", Journal, Minsk, N' 4,