Joseph Schmidt: A Star Fell From Heaven

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Joseph Schmidt: A Star Fell From Heaven

  • Thu 12 Mar 2009
  • 6:30PM

Austrian Cultural Forum London

28 Rutland GateLondon SW7 1PQ


T 020 7225 7300

F 020 7225 7300


presented by Brendan Carroll

With rare archival recordings and film clips, Brendan Carroll presents a tribute to one of the most beautiful voices of the 20th century. The tenor Joseph Schmidt was born in 1904 into a Jewish family in a small town in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, now part of the Ukraine. Known as the “Pocket Caruso”, Schmidt became an international radio and film star during the 1930s but never enjoyed a career on the opera stage due to his diminutive stature. Schmidt attempted to escape Europe during the war but was caught by the Germans and interned in a Swiss refugee camp. His tragically premature death in 1942 was due to the harsh conditions in the camp.