He died in 1948, and is buried at the Brompton Oratory. We hope that you too will be overcome, not merely by the power and beauty of Tauber's singing, but by his sheer joi de vivre, not to mention his remarkable sartorial flair. Compelling evidence of this is posted all over this page. If you feel suitably moved, then make the pilgrimage to Brompton, and pay your respects to the great man's memory.
Richard Tauber
The illegitimate son of a Viennese actor and a professional soprano, the great tenor Richard Tauber began his career in Dresden in 1915, and sang at the Wiener Statsoper from 1922-1935. He was a fine interpreter of Mozart, but became best known for singing the frothier music of Franz Lehar, and romantic ballads based on Viennese waltzes.
It was these latter which dominated Tauber's extraordinary recording career, which began under inauspicious circumstances after an extremely expensive divorce settlement. At that time it was unusual for operatic tenors to make recordings of popular songs, but Tauber had little choice if he was to pay his bills. His records, known as 'Tauberphones' by collectors because they are still so common, sold in their hundreds of thousands worldwide, with songs such as You are my Heart's Delight and I'm in love with Vienna proving to be enduring hits. We are only able to offer a small selection here, but when you have once heard the melliflous timbre of Tauber's voice, we can guarantee that you will be unable to resist purchasing examples of his records, and possibly even a gramophone to play them on........
Tauber also appeared in a number of films, including one, named Lilac Time, based on the life of Franz Schubert, whom he supposedly resembled. You should be able to view extracts from this by clicking on the link below. Tauber fled Austria after the Anschluss in 1938 (he was both half-Jewish and homosexual) and re-established himself in London - a further link below offers newsreel footage of Tauber in his flat. The holy grail of Tauber films is of course Lisbon Story (1946) where he played opposite the equally brilliant David Farrar. If anybody knows where to get hold of this, pray let us know.