L. was born in 186... in
Włocławek, Poland. His parents He is the older brother
of Shmuel Landau. He became excited by the Yiddish
theatre during the guest-starring of Jacob P. Adler in
Poland. According to a poster [in the archives of the
Yidishn artistn fareyn in poland], one can see that on 9
September 1888 L. had acted in the Warsaw theatre "Buff"
as "Comissar" in Sheikovitsh's play "Der treyfniak" (the
troupe was composed of Adler, Fishkind, Tanzman,
Tabatshnikoff et al.). [Apnis], that of small roles, L.
soon went over to greater singing roles, because
according to a second poster [in he same archive] of 21
March 1889 in Sosnowiec, L. already acted in he title
role of "Bar Kochba" (with Tanzman and Shliferstein).
Of Yiddish theatre, L. went
over to the Polish operetta of Koshtshelski in the Lódz
Victoria Theatre. Here he performed under the name of
Roman Klekoy. Then he went to Warsaw where Prof.
Horbovski heard him, and he soon took him into the
conservatory. L. came quickly out out to Warsaw in the
Polish opera in such roles as "Amonasro" in "Aida" et
So that he would avoid
conversion to Christianity, L. fled from the Polish
opera, went out to Italy and entered into the Milan
Opera. Then he acted in various opera theatres in
Europe, and in the end he traveled to America, where he
entered into the Metropolitan Opera.
In 1914 L. passed away in
From his brother Shmuel