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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 various theatres but she found it increasingly difficult to cope, and in 1897 he was sent to school in Linz, when his father took over his upbringing.


1903 12 Years Old His father, who had a Jewish background but had converted to Roman Catholicism, hoped that Richard would become a priest, but 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 1 More Event
He made his public debut at a concert at Freiburg on 17 May 1912.
1919 28 Years Old It was in June 1919 that he made the first of over seven hundred grammophone records. … Read More
1920 29 Years Old Tauber first performed in an operetta by Franz Lehár in Linz and Berlin, both in 1920, in Zigeunerliebe. … 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 40 Years Old In 1931, Tauber made his London debut in operetta, and London appearances became a regular event; he also toured the USA in this year.
1933 42 Years Old In 1933, Tauber was assaulted in the street by a group of Nazi 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.
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 he received the papers allowing him to enter the United Kingdom, doing so in March 1940. … Read More


1946 55 Years Old In 1946, Tauber appeared in a Broadway adaptation of The Land of Smiles (This 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, but it was too late; he died on 8 January 1948 in the London Clinic, Devonshire Place. … Read More
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