Flier in Yiddish advertising a cantorial performance

Advertisement for a performance by star cantor Yosele Rosenblatt

Vilna, Poland, no date. Cantorial Performance Flier

Yiddish flier advertising an appearance by (Josef) Yosele Rosenblatt in Vilna’s Great Synagogue, with choir accompaniment led by Volf Durmashkin. Ukrainian-born Rosenblatt, proclaimed here “the greatest cantor in the world,” was already quite famous when he emigrated to the U.S. There, he became the cantor of a synagogue in Brooklyn and the highest-paid cantor in the world. However, a bad business deal left him bankrupt. To make ends meet, he accepted an offer to appear in a film in Palestine in 1933. He died suddenly there at age 51. The appearance in Vilna listed on this flier might have been part of a performance tour on the way to Palestine.


Digitization of this artifact has been made possible by the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections project.