In the summer of 1887 V.
sang at small parties and the Kazan opera of
Medvedyev-Kazansky, and then returned to Moscow to
settle into his studies. Here he was engaged as s a
second baritone for Lyubimov's "Russian Imperial Opera
Society", which then made tours across Berlin,
Copenhagen and Manchester. In London the first baritone
Tartakov, left the troupe, and V. took over the singing
of his part. Here he then became engaged by Sir Augustus
Harris for the English opera theatre in Covent Garden,
where he sang for three months and also performed later
in various large cities of England.
Returning to Vilna, V. sang
for a short time in the local opera, guest-starring then
in Kharkov and went to Milan, Italy, from where he,
after a half-year, studied, invited to Odessa and there
performed in Rubinstein's "Demon", and "Die makabeer",
under the leadership of the composer. Later V. for eight
years sang in Kharkov for Kartavov, guest-starring in
the summer season across Russia, or further studied in
Arriving back in London, V.
there was put at the head of the opera department in the
Yiddish "Art Temple", which had opened in the Pavilion
Theatre. Here on 16 March 1912 he staged, with V. in the
title role, the first original Yiddish opera in the
Yiddish tongue -- "Meylekh Akhaz (King Akhaz)" by Shmuel
Alman, Libretto taken from Abraham Mapu's novel "Ahavas
Zion (Love of Zion)". Later V. there sang the main part
in: "Rigoletto" by Verdi, "Cavalleria Rusticana" (role
of "Alfio'), in the first act of Rubinstein's "Die
makabeer", "Faust" by Gounod, 'The Masked Ball" by
Verdi, "The Barber of Seville" by Rossini, "Mazeppa" by
Tchaikovsky et al.
After the troupe disbanded,
V. dedicated himself to concerts. In wartime he
guest-starred across Poland and later traveled to
America, where he became a cantor and also several times
performed in Yiddish theatre in New York and
Philadelphia in the title role of Goldfaden's "Bar
In 1924 and 1928 V. again
was in Poland on a grand tour.
M. E. from Avraham Eisenberg.
Lead Pencil -- Der
idish-rusisher opera zinger vinogradov, "Forward",
24 September 1920.
Joseph Winagradoff --
[Zayn lebns-geshikhte unter farshaydene keplekh],
"Forward", 14, 21, 22 November, 5, 12, 19, 26
December 1920; 2, 16 January, 4 February 1921.
A. L--n -- Yosef
vinogradov, "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw, 28, 1924.