Mein Yiddishe Mameby Ivan Rebroff
My Yiddishe Mama by Ivan Rebroff
My Yiddishe Mome
Ivan Rebroff, born as Hans-Rolf Rippert, (31 July 1931 in Berlin, Germany — 27 February 2008 in Frankfurt), was a German singer, allegedly of Russian ancestry, with an extraordinary vocal range of four and a half octaves, ranging from the soprano to impressive bass registers.
Rebroff was famous for singing Russian folk songs, but also performed opera, light classics and folk songs from many other countries. He was known on stage for his gusto.
Rebroff described himself as international, the “connection between East and West”. He lived on the Sporade Island of Skopelos, Greece. He performed over 6,000 concerts in his career, including a two-year seven-day-a-week stint at the French opera, singing, among other greats, Fiddler on the Roof. Being well into his seventies in a recent Australian tour, Rebroff still performed 12 shows in 14 days.
Feb 28, 2008
BERLIN (AFP) — German singer Ivan Rebroff, who was known around the world for popularising Russian songs, has died at the age of 76 in Frankfurt after a long illness, his agents said Thursday.
Born Hans-Rolf Rippert in Berlin in 1931, Rebroff became renowned for his vocal range of four and half octaves and sang opera, light classics and folk.
He was of Russian origin and played up his roots in his costumes and choice of material, which included Russian standards like “Kalinka” and “Midnight in Moscow”.
Rebroff first shot to fame in 1968 when he starred as Tevjo in the musical “Fiddler On The Roof” in Paris. The show ran for two years and his agent said he sang the role 1,476 times in his career.
He performed his last concert in Vienna on December before retiring for health reasons.