Sigmund Mogulesko (16 December 1858 – 4 February 1914) — Yiddish: זעליק מאָגולעסקאָ Zelik Mogulesko, first name also sometimes spelled as Zigmund, Siegmund, Zelig, or Selig, last name sometimes spelled Mogulescu — was a singer, actor, and composer in the Yiddish theater in New York City. He was born in Kalarash, Bessarabia (now Călăraşi in Moldova) and began singing in the local synagogue choir. Before reaching adolescence, he was paid nearly three times what teachers made, to sing in the synagogue of Chişinău. Soon after moving to Bucharest, Romania, he was paid to sing in churches as well as synagogues, and started acting.
He was a star in Abraham Goldfaden's first Bucharest-based theater troupe — and the playwright wrote the title role of Shmendrik for him. Mogulesko soon founded his own troupe and dominated Yiddish theatre in Romania for a decade. After immigrating to the United States, he eventually founded the Rumanian Opera House on New York City's Lower East Side, one of the great venues of Yiddish theater. The Jewish Encyclopedia described him in 1904 as "the best comedian on the Yiddish stage… He is known also as a leading composer of music for the Yiddish stage."
Birth and Death Data: Born December 16th, 1858 (Bessarabia), Died February 4th, 1914 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1925
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]931||7-in.||9/5/1901||Min hamelzar von blimele||Frank Seiden||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]931||10-in.||9/5/1901||Min hamelzar von blimele||Frank Seiden||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]3533||10-in.||9/5/1901||Min Hamezar von Blimele||Frank Seiden||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-1392||10-in.||6/2/1904||Min hameizar von blimele||Frank Seiden||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||A-1392||7-in.||6/2/1904||Min hameizar von blimele||Frank Seiden||Male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-1577||10-in.||7/8/1904||Die fier Makablim||Goldin Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||A-1577||7-in.||7/8/1904||Die fier Makablim||Goldin Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-6626||10-in.||11/30/1908||Wart a kappale||Solomon Smulewitz||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-9094||10-in.||6/15/1910||Dos Yiddish herz||Frances Simonoff||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-9135||10-in.||6/24/1910||Oi, is dos a mame||Solomon Small||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||B-9139||10-in.||6/27/1910||Besezens fod die emigranted||Solomon Small||Male vocal solo, with "Jewish orchestra"||composer|
|Victor||B-20132||10-in.||6/19/1917||Telebende furt kein Palestine||Telebende Quartet||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-32085||10-in.||3/11/1925||Min ametzar||Mordechai Hershman||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||1798||10-in.||ca. 1904-1908||Schulem eleichem||Frank Seiden||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||1963||10-in.||ca. 1904||Auf jener seit||Solomon Smulewitz||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||1967||10-in.||ca. 1904||Wajsoso||Solomon Smulewitz||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||3233||10-in.||ca. Jan.-Sept. 1905||Auf jener seit||Goldin Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer, lyricist|
|Columbia||44367||10-in.||September 1916||Dos yoseml (דאָס יתומל)||Simon Paskal||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||44454||10-in.||approximately August 1916||Hoylekh vedor bo (דור הולך ודור בא)||Morris Mischeloff||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||44589||10-in.||approximately September 1916||Dos yoseml (ראס יתוםיל)||Joseph Feldman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mogulesco, S.," accessed June 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116681.
Mogulesco, S.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116681.
"Mogulesco, S.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 June 2021.
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