Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Lisa Einhorn


Born on 5 December 1865 in Iasi, Romania. Parents -- owners of a restaurant in the environs of the Yiddish theatre Pomul Verde. As a child she displayed a beautiful voice, and  her parents gave her in to a conservatory.

Searching for powerful women, Goldfaden successfully involved herself in his troupe, and with her in the main role he directed for the first time in 1880 his operetta "Shulamis". After acting for half-a-year in Kishinev, E. married the famous choral master Hershl Goldenberg, and setled back in Iasi, and two years later E. went back to perform with her husband in Goldfaden's troupe and toured across Russia, playing the prima donna roles in Goldfaden's repertoire, then she played in Galicia under Volfgeshafn's concession.

Returning to Bucharest, E. performed in a concert, there she heard the director of the Royal National Theatre, Nicu Poyenaru, and he engaged her for the Romanian operetta and opera, where she performed under the name Eisa Adesana, and the main roles of the prominent operettas and operas, studying at the same time music with a professor.

In 1900 "Professor" Horowitz, who was E.'s father's personal friend, invited E. to America for this Thalia Theatre. Due to a conflict they however here hadn't the possibility of acting, and she therefore performed within the provincial troupe of Ivan Abramson,


with who she for a short time later married, and since then she has acted only in the troupes which he managed.

E. was one of the first Yiddish actresses who sang for the gramophone the popular songs and novels of the Yiddish stage.

Already for several years, E. has withdrawn from the stage, and she participates only from time to time during holiday productions.

Sh. E. from Ivan Abramson.

M. E. from Itzhak Libresko and Itsikl Goldenberg.

  • B. Gorin -- "History of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. I, p. 210; Vol. II, p. 142.

  • N. Auslander -- U. Finkel -- "A. goldfaden", Mijsk, 1926, p. 49.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 58.

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