Ruth Leon recommends… Fiddler in Yiddish

Ruth Leon recommends… Fiddler in Yiddish

Ruth Leon recommends

norman lebrecht

December 04, 2022


  • M2N2K says:

    So, “just looking at them, it is clear that many of the cast are not Jewish but have learned Yiddish especially to appear in this production”. No, it can never be “clear” at all by “just looking at them”, because any human being of any race and ethnic background can be Jewish by conversion, either their own or that of someone from their maternal parenting line. In any case, I am sure that many of the Jewish cast members had to learn Yiddish text “especially” as well, because very few contemporary Jews speak that language. By the way, I saw this production in New York three years ago and enjoyed it very much. They had supertitles projected above the stage very clearly not only in English but in Russian too. Not sure whether they are still doing the latter in December of 2022…

  • Helen Kamioner says:

    There is whole world of current Yiddish speakers. I red Yiddish

  • Armchair Bard says:

    Fwiw, my own favourite number is ‘Shadkhnte/Matchmaker’, especially as parodied for the pandemic by the brilliant Abby Goldfarb:

    (Ok, she’s hot too, I admit it.)