Boris Rosenthal

Boris Rosenthal (1881–1938) was a character actor and operetta lyricist in the Yiddish theater. Born in Kishinev, Bessarabia to a flour merchant. Rosenthal was sent to work very early at a manufacturing factory, when the family moved to Lódz he began to frequent the German theater productions. In 1904, he played a small role in an Ida Kaminska play and then decided to become an actor. He worked in Dovid-Moyshe Sabsay's troupe, debuting in Abraham Goldfaden's Baba Yakhne, moving then to Fishzon's troupe.

His parents left for the United States in 1906 and he followed two years later. The Actors' Union refused him work so he went to London for two seasons. In 1910 he returned to Łódź and played there successfully for three years. He then emigrated to America, where he played from 1913-1917 in Philadelphia, and then a year in New York's Yidishe kunst teater (Jewish art theater) and then in Boris Thomashevsky's National Theater and then Kessler's Second Avenue Theater and the Public Theater. He played lesser roles as he became ill and partially paralyzed. He died in New York.

He acted in one film, Gelebt un gelakht (Live and Laugh).

Birth and Death Data: Born May 3rd, 1881 (Chișinău), Died January 1st, 1938 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, baritone vocal, composer, speaker, author

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-28738 10-in. 10/11/1923 Der rebe mit die chasidim Joseph Feldman Male vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-28768 10-in. 10/24/1923 Tateniu mameniu Joseph Feldman ; Anna Hoffman Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-29372 10-in. 1/30/1924 Yankele Joseph Feldman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-31362 10-in. 12/3/1924 Nem mich zu fun der machine Morris Goldstein Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-31448 10-in. 11/25/1924 Er will noch Annie Lubin Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor B-32046 10-in. 3/3/1925 Me' shokelt sich Nellie Casman Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor BVE-48454 10-in. 12/11/1928 Cabed es ovicho Le'on Blanḳ Male vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-49255 10-in. 12/12/1928 David hameilach fiedele Le'on Blanḳ Male vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor [Trial 1918-04-25-02] Not documented 4/25/1918 Men ken kein chochim nit zein Boris Rosenthal Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 89159 10-in. approximately April 1923 Ikh hob khasanim far ale meydlekh (איך האָב חתנים פאַר אַלע מיידלאַך) Boris Rosenthal Male vocal solo and vocal chorus, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 89408 10-in. approximately September 1923 Dem rebns nisim (דעם רבינ׳ס נסים) Boris Rosenthal Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Columbia 89409 10-in. approximately September 1923 Mit fertsik yor tsurik (מיט פערציג יאָהר צוריק) Boris Rosenthal Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
OKeh S-70595 10-in. Apr. 1922 A brief zu die lendlors Louis Gilrod ; Gus Goldstein ; Boris Rosenthal Comic scene speaker  
OKeh S-70596 10-in. Apr. 1922 A mitting bei die chevry ansheh dales Louis Gilrod ; Gus Goldstein ; Boris Rosenthal Comic scene speaker, author  
OKeh S-70597 Not documented Apr. 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Louis Gilrod ; Boris Rosenthal Comic dialogue speaker  
OKeh S-70598 Not documented Apr. 1922 [Unknown title(s)] Louis Gilrod ; Boris Rosenthal Comic dialogue speaker  
OKeh S-71195 10-in. Jan. 1923 Dem rebins nisym Gus Goldstein ; Aneta Rosenthal Comic scene, with orchestra and vocal chorus lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rosenthal, Boris," accessed January 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113568.

Rosenthal, Boris. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113568.

"Rosenthal, Boris." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 January 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113568

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