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Richard Tauber

1891 - 1948

The famous opera singer Richard Tauber belonged to the greatest tenors of his time whose legendary reputation survived till today. But Richard Tauber didn't only devote to the serious music but was also successful in operettas and tunes which was negative approved by relevant critics - wrongfully. His biggest hits were "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" and "Gern hab' ich die Frauen geküsst".

Richard Tauber was born as a son of a Catholic singer and a Jewish actor. After an opera and operetta education he achieved first attention with songs written by Schubert and Mozart. After that followed an unique career which reached the height in the 20's and 30's. For the present he had his breakthrough with operas in the 20's, later followed huge successes with operettas. Especially his entrances for his house composer Franz Lehàr were very popular.

When the talkies were established he was put into action into the film business with his impressive voice. His first cinematical work was as a singer in the movie "Ich küsse Ihre Hand, Madame" (29), from 1930 he was also engaged as an actor.
To his few movies in Germany belong "Ich glaub' nie mehr an eine Frau" (30), "Die grosse Attraktion" (30), "Das lockende Ziel" (30), "Das Land des Lächelns" (30) and "Melodie der Liebe" (32).

Like many other artists Richard Tauber had to emigrate in 1933 because of his Jewish origin. He went to England where he was able to continue his career smoothly. He took part in other movies like "Blossom Time/April Romance" (34), "Heart's Desire" (35) and "A Clown Must Laugh/Pagliacci" (36).

Richard Tauber stood in England after the war where he lived with the actress and singer Diana Napier. To his last cinematical works belong "Walzt Time" (45) and "Lisbon Story" (46).

Richard Tauber was the darling of the women and his hits, operas and operettas got him glory and wealth. He enjoyed the live and spended his money effortlessy. When he died of lung cancer after his appearance in the opera "Don Giovanni" he left an enormous debt.

Other movies with Richard Tauber:
Land Without Music/Forbidden Music (36) The Big Broadcast of 1936 (36)