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Isa Kremer

Isabelle Yakovlevna Kremer (21 October 1887 – 7 July 1956) was a soprano of Russian Jewish descent who at various times of her life held citizenship in Russia, the United States, and Argentina. She first drew notice as a teenager for her revolutionary poetry which was published in an Odessa newspaper. She began her professional singing career as an opera singer in Europe during the second decade of the 20th century. By the time of her relocation to the United States in 1924, she had abandoned her opera career in favor of performing as a concert soloist and recitalist.

As a recitalist Kremer not only sang works from the classical repertoire, but also performed folk music from a variety of countries and in many languages. She was possibly the first woman to perform Yiddish song on the concert stage. In 1927 she began performing as a vaudeville artist while continuing to perform extensively as a recitalist. In 1938, she moved to Argentina where she lived the last 18 years of her life. In 2000 her life was the subject of a television documentary entitled Isa Kremer: The People's Diva which was made for The Jewish Channel.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 21st, 1887 (Bălți), Died Córdoba

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 109 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 9675 10-in. approximately Jan. 1923 Chérie Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9714 10-in. Feb. 1923 Mandrulita Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9748 10-in. approximately Jan. 1923 Santa Lucia luntana Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick [9749a] approximately Jan. 1923 [Unknown title(s)] Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9313-9314 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 A lied von a Feigele Kurt Hetzel ; Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9315-9316 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 Lomir sich Iberbeiten Kurt Hetzel ; Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9321-9322 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 Maseltof Kurt Hetzel ; Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9323-9324 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 Die Poiliche Juden Kurt Hetzel ; Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9325-9326 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 Swesda Kurt Hetzel ; Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9327-9328 10-in. approximately Nov. 1922 Chitarrata napolitana Kurt Hetzel ; Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9692-9693 10-in. approximately Jan. 1923 Marechiare Kurt Hetzel ; Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9694-9695 10-in. approximately Jan. 1923 Machetunem Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9709-9710 10-in. approximately Jan. 1923 Catarina Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9711-9712 10-in. approximately Jan. 1923 Haskele Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9723-9724 approximately Jan. 1923 [Unknown title(s)] Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9725-9726 10-in. approximately Jan. 1923 Die Mezinke Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9883-9884 10-in. Feb. 1923 A Wiegelied Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9885-9886 10-in. Feb. 1923 Léle léle lélişoara Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9895-9899 10-in. 2/10/1923 Egia mola Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 9896-9897 10-in. 2/10/1923 The Kleftman Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick X10508-X10509 12-in. 4/28/1923 Hopak Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick X10510-X10511 12-in. 4/28/1923 Madame Loulou Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 10512-10513 10-in. 4/28/1923 Dwie gitare Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano and violin vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 10514-10515 10-in. 4/28/1923 Tröika Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano and violin vocalist, soprano vocal  
Brunswick 10516-10517 10-in. 4/28/1923 Leissia Leissia Isa Kremer Female vocal solo, with piano and violin vocalist, soprano vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 109 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kremer, Isa," accessed October 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113661.

Kremer, Isa. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113661.

"Kremer, Isa." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113661

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