He was one of the most famous tenors of the twentieth century: Richard Tauber, a native of Linz (Austria), died 75 years ago – in January 1948 – in British exile. Hardly any singing artist of his time made such virtuoso use of modern mass media as the “king of bel canto”, who became a world star through his congenial collaboration with Franz Lehár. Sound film and the recording industry helped him.
“Dein ist mein ganzes Herz” (Yours is my whole heart): Franz Lehár wrote this world hit for his friend Richard Tauber at the end of the 1920s. Tauber had to sing the song from the second act of “The Land of Smiles” hundreds, if not thousands, of times in the course of his career. But this was not the only reason why the illegitimate offspring of a Linz operetta soubrette and a Viennese actor with an urge for higher things rose to become the “king of bel canto” in the interwar period. Especially in his Berlin years, Richard Tauber rushed from triumph to triumph. Until SA men beat him up in March 1933 in front of the “Hotel Adlon” because of his “half-Jewish” origin.
During the “Second World War” Richard Tauber – the “man with the monocle”, as the London newspapers called him – remained in Great Britain. He worked as a singer, but also as a conductor, among others of the “London Philharmonic Orchestra”; Tauber also performed in various English cities in the context of troop support concerts. In 1940 he was granted British citizenship. The singer died 75 years ago in 1948 in London – at the age of only 56 – as a result of lung cancer. (Source: ORF1)
Richard Tauber was remembered as a singer. He was also active as a conductor and as a composer. He composed an opera (Die Sühne, 1913), two operettas(Der singende Traum 1934, Old Chelsea 1942), and several hit songs.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of his death, we have compiled a list of songs and potpourris containing songs by the singer.
Aus musicainfo.radio finden Sie die Playlist “Richard Tauber zum 75. Todestag” mit einer Sammlung von Tonaufnahmen
A discography and song list on austriancharts.at
Radio log on ORF1 in German language
Richard Tauber, curriculum vitae at kuenste-im-exil.de