Cantor Ben-Zion Kapov-Kagan

Ben-Zion Kapov-Kagan sings Kiddush
In RA Format

Ben-Zion Kapov-Kagan, born Yisrael-Noach Kapov-Kagan in 1900 in Romania, died 1954 in the USA. He got his first position as the cantor of the synagogue of Rostov in 1926, then at the Brodie Schul in Odessa. In 1930, he had a fierce argument with some local Bolsheviki, during which they broke his arm and cut off his thumb. Consequently, he fled from the Soviet Union, using his brother Ben-Zion's passport - hence his new first name, which he retained! He went to the USA and served as a cantor to a synagogue in the Bronx, giving concerts throughout the States, in Canada and South America. Excellent, heroic voice; while some of his typical cantorial voice technique may take getting used to by listeners acquainted to opera singing.

I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.

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