was born in
Tauber made his debut at
From 1923-32 he became a well known
singer of operetta, especially the roles associated with his famous
collaboration with Franz Lehár. Tauber
sang the leading male roles in the Lehár operettas -
each of which traditionally included a "Tauber
song" composed especially for the tenor. Through these roles he became the
best known and most popular singer in
Tauber's father was half Jewish, which was
enough for the Nazis to condemn him. Despite his fame and popularity, the
singer had to flee Hitler's
Tauber, being as popular as he was, completed a total of 735 commercial recordings. Additionally, numerous private recordings and air checks are also known to exist. His recordings include opera, operetta, art song, popular tunes and novelties. Tauber loved opera, but he believed that popular music was also worth performing. In his later years, his concerts were divided between serious and light music. Tauber was often critcised for his mixture of serious art with popular songs, but rather than defiling the former, he dignified the latter. No other singer could make their performance of popular music sound so important.
Richard Tauber made his last stage apperance as Ottavio in Don Giovanni, with the Vienna State Opera performing at Covent Garden on September 27, 1947 Anton Dermota stepped down to allow what everyone knew would be his operatic swansong. He had been fighting a battle with cancer for quite some time. During this final performance, his left lung was nearly consumed by cancer, but this did not stop him from giving one of the greatest performances of his life. Those who attended the performance or listened to the broadcast can attest that Tauber remained a great and dedicated artist to the very last.
The Anglo-Austrian Music Society
presented a Memorial Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on
Useful link http://www.houseoftauber.co.uk/ where you will find one of the most comprehensive collections of the recordings of this most famous tenor - Richard Tauber.