Richard Tauber

Austrian Tenor
Born May 16, 1891

Richard Tauber 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".

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1891 Birth Born in 1891.
1897 6 Years Old Richard accompanied his mother on tour to theatres, but she found it increasingly difficult to cope, and left him with foster-parents in Urfahr, now a suburb of Linz. In 1897–98 he was sent to school in Linz, and then his father took over his upbringing, moving him to Graz, Prague, Berlin, Salzburg and finally Wiesbaden (see the Korb biography, listed in note 7). … Read More


1903 12 Years Old The boy missed the excitement of the theatre and instead joined his father in Prague and, subsequently, in 1903 at the theatre in Wiesbaden. … Read More


1912 21 Years Old After an intensive period of vocal training under Carl Beines, he made his public debut at a concert at Freiburg on 17 May 1912.
1913 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The child was given the name Richard Denemy (Denemy was his mother's maiden name); he was sometimes known as Carl Richard Tauber, and also used his mother's married name, Seiffert; but the claim by the Encyclopaedia Britannica that he was ever known as Ernst Seiffert has no support from any of the 12 published books and monographs about him listed in Daniel O'Hara's comprehensive Richard Tauber Chronology. ( After he was adopted by his father in 1913, his legal name became Richard Denemy-Tauber (op. cit).
1919 28 Years Old …  It was in June 1919 that he made the first of over seven hundred gramophone records. … Read More
1920 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Following some guest appearances at the Wiener Volksoper in 1920, he made his Vienna State Opera debut on 16 June in La bohème, substituting for an indisposed Alfred Piccaver.


1921 30 Years Old This was Zigeunerliebe, in which he also appeared in Linz and Salzburg in 1921.
1922 31 Years Old In 1922 he was offered the role of Armand in Lehár's Frasquita at the Theater an der Wien, and the experience was a resounding success. … Read More
1924 33 Years Old When in Vienna, Tauber also conducted at the Theater an der Wien, and it was here in 1924 that he met the soprano Carlotta Vanconti who soon divorced her Italian husband and married Tauber on 18 March 1926. They separated in 1928 and divorced later the same year in Berlin. … Read More
1929 38 Years Old In 1929 he met Mary Losseff at Rudolf Nelson's review in Berlin. … Read More


1931 - 1933 2 More Events
1935 44 Years Old 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 (1905–1982); they were married on 20 June 1936, only after protracted legal proceedings to secure an Austrian divorce from Vanconti. … Read More
1938 47 Years Old In 1938, he made his London operatic debut in Die Zauberflöte under Sir Thomas Beecham. … Read More
1940 49 Years Old He was touring South Africa when World War II broke out, and returned to Switzerland until receiving the papers allowing him to enter the UK in March 1940. … Read More


1946 55 Years Old In 1946, Tauber appeared in a Broadway adaptation of The Land of Smiles (Yours is my Heart) which flopped, leaving him with huge personal losses and in debt to the backers. … Read More
1947 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1947, Tauber returned to London and sought medical attention for a persistent cough. … Read More
1948 57 Years Old A week later, Tauber entered Guy's Hospital to have his left lung removed to treat the cancer but it was too late. He died on 8 January 1948 in the London Clinic, Devonshire Place. … Read More
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