Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
Volume 8

MORE SHORT BIOGRAPHIES CREATED FOR A NEW ONLINE VOLUME
OF ZALMEN ZYLBERCWEIG'S " LEXICON OF THE yIDDISH THEATRE"
 

Dudu Fisher
 

 

After serving in the Israeli army as a soloist in the army rabbinical choir, Fisher studied in the Music Academy of Tel Aviv. At the same time, he studied privately with the great cantors, among them, Shlomo Ravitz. By the age of twenty-two, he was invited to serve as cantor at the Great Synagogue in Tel Aviv.

For many years, he has been appearing in Jewish communities around the world, while, at the same time, he is recognized worldwide as a remarkably talented actor, singer, and cantor ("Mr. Fisher has unlimited talent and displays the presence that comes with a deep religious faith", New York Times). The role which brought him fame and turned him into a superstar is that of Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables", first in Israel, and later on Broadway and the West End in London. As an observant Jew, Fisher has been exempted from appearing in performances on Jewish holidays. In the role of Jean Valjean, he has been invited to sing before the Queen of England. He has also appeared before the King of Thailand, President Clinton, and many world-famous personalities. His appearances in Russia before the era of Perestroika, as the first Israeli singer to be allowed to appear there, brought thousands of listeners. It was particularly moving for him to perform in his father's birthplace in the Ukraine.

Fisher helps to expose audiences worldwide to the beauty and depth of Hasidic and cantorial music and the richness of the Yiddish repertoire, with impressive international success. 

He has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and more. His solo appearance "Never on the Sabbath" on Off-Broadway, and his appearances in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Kol Nidre" and other plays, brought him rave reviews. His home and family are in Israel, and he returns home from his performances and recording sessions, especially in the United States, every few weeks.

He has produced dozens of recordings in Hebrew and Yiddish, and is particularly proud of his audio and video recordings for children. He has appeared a number of times in Yiddishpiel Theatre productions as a singer and actor, most recently in "Dudu Fisher Sings Klezmer Songs".
 

Sh. E. from the Yiddishpiel.


 

 

 

 


 

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