Richard Tauber b/w portrait photo, depicting Tauber in costume, smoking a cigarette. Hand-signed photo from 1930.
The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Size: 3,4 x 4,5 inches, fine condition.
Richard Tauber (1891 –1948) was an Austrian tenor acclaimed as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. Some critics commented that "his heart felt every word he sang".
In 1922, Tauber signed a contract with the Vienna State Opera and appearances with the Berlin State Opera followed; for many years he appeared with both companies — four months with each, leaving four months for concerts and guest appearances with other companies and touring abroad.
In 1931, Tauber made his London debut in operetta, and London appearances became a regular event; he also toured the USA in this year. In 1933, Tauber was assaulted in the street by a group of Brownshirts because of his Jewish ancestry, and he decided to leave Germany for his native Austria, where he continued to sing at the Vienna State Opera right up to the Anschluss in March 1938.
In the mid-1930s, he made several musical films in England, and at the premiere of her film Mimi in April 1935, he met the English actress Diana Napier (1904?–1982); they were married on 20 June 1936.
In 1938, he made his London operatic debut in Die Zauberflöte under Sir Thomas Beecham. Earlier that year, the Germany annexed Austria and Tauber left Austria for good.
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