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
|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|
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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