Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

Anthony Russell, Yiddish Opera Singer

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  • Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell has always been a singer. Since a young age, he sang along to opera records. His journey to the Yiddish reportoire of the legendary Sidor Belarsky has been more circuitous. Learn about his artistic journey from opera to Yiddish folk song in this video. Find out more about Anthony Russell, including his upcoming show dates. Watch the full 90-minute interview with Anthony Russell. Video editor: Emily Rose Felder

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Anthony Russell.

This excerpt is in English.

Anthony Russell was born in 1979 in Texas.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Anthony Russell
  • classical music
  • opera
  • Paul Robeson
  • Sidor Belarsky
  • Family history, stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish learning
  • Music
  • song, singing
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Jewish professions
  • Synagogue, shul, temple
  • America
  • United States
  • Yiddish personalities

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

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