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
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.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Anthony Russell, Yiddish Opera Singer10 minutes 28 seconds
It's Like Performing for Your Family: Performing for Jewish Audiences3 minutes 39 seconds
Discovering the Music of Sidor Belarsky3 minutes 1 second
Who is the Audience for Yiddish Music?: Anthony Russell Responds1 minute 49 seconds
Yiddish Audiences Want to Interact with You: Anthony Russell on Performing in Yiddish3 minutes 5 seconds
Anthony Russell On Meeting Isabel Belarsky, Daughter of Singer Sidor Belarsky2 minutes 47 seconds
Anthony Russell On The Importance of Text In His Life1 minute 30 seconds
"I Need To Become a Jew"5 minutes 28 seconds
It's Strange to Everyone Else, It's Not Strange to Me: Reflections on Being a Black Jew1 minute 42 seconds
Anthony Russell on Learning Sidor Belarsky's Repertoire2 minutes 58 seconds
A Project to Combine Yiddish Songs and African American Spirituals2 minutes 31 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Anthony Russell
- classical music
- Paul Robeson
- Sidor Belarsky
- Family history, stories about ancestors
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- song, singing
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish professions
- Synagogue, shul, temple
- United States
- Yiddish personalities
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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