Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Harold Sternberg


 

Born 22 October 1909 in Odessa, Ukraine. Father, "Yosele Bass," a chazan, sang in the troupes of Fiszon and Sabsey. At the same time conducting with the chorus.

In his early youth S. performed in Odessa with "amateurs," and when he arrived in America in 1927, he wanted to dedicate himself to the Yiddish theatre, but due to interference from the Actors' Union he wasn't able to carry it out, and he became content with small roles in the "Yiddish Art Theatre" ("Brothers Ashkenazi," "Three Cities," "Uncle Moses," "Hard to be a Jew," "Seven Who Were Hanged," and "God, Man and Devil.")

During the guest appearance of his wife Fraydele (Oysher) in 1936 in Argentina, S. performed with her, in the lover role in "A Cantor for the Sabbath."

 Sh. Roszhanski writes: 

"...Here are a very few words about Aaron Sternberg. He is a sympathetic youth with a warm baritone, who harmonizes well with Fraydele's contra-alto. He, just like her, is a performer ...it calls extraordinary attention to the superb, pearl-like Bessarabian Yiddish, which both young performers speak, that Yiddish which is a pleasure to hear ... literally a delight..."

T. Beilin writes:  

"H. Sternberg as a proper, gallant cavalier in a suit of clothes, which should be adjusted before his performance, in his voice is

felt musical choreography, and his bass baritone is very pleasant in timbre, but what's lacking is his singing experience. He has played the lover without stage effects, as one plays a lover in life, in the same manner as Fraydele."

For thirty years S. has been a member in the opera in New York, where he sings and plays in comprimario roles.
 

M. E. 
 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 6121.
 

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