During 1907-1909, Spivak was already singing at the Wiener Volksoper. Here hes had his first successes and sang often with Maria Jeritza.
It looks like Spivak was born in Philadelphia.
application to regain US citizenship - SPIVAK early 1930's
Having recently connected to a great-niece of my grandfather's first cousin, I find that he was born in Philadelphia in 1883. His parents (or maybe only father after mother's death) returned to Odessa and he was raised by his grandparents, parents of my ggm. To ensure his safety, they destroyed his US papers, and obtained Russian papers for him. Here is her account: According to Anki JENSEN SPIVAK, her husband, Juan SPIVAK, was born in Philadelphia. He was born of Russian immigrants, but the family moved back to Russia when he was only two years old. Because a pogrom had been instituted against Jews in Russia at the time, only children born in Russia would be allowed to stay, so the family decided to burn the boyâ??s American paperwork. For some reason Juan was brought up by his grandparents in Odessa. That is why I don't know their names. He came to Berlin at a very young age to take voice lessons. From there he went to Vienna and had great success at the Wiener Staatsoper at the age of only 21. In 1926 Anki came from Stettin to Berlin and married Juan SPIVAK. I don't know exactly when. Juan was singing 'Fuerst Igor' and 'Boris Godunov'at the Berlin Staatsoper, while Anki sang 'Michaela' in Carmen at 'Theater des Westens' and had a Strauss recital . Juan practiced with her to expand her repertoire for the Berlin Stattsoper, where she was later engaged. In 1929-30 the trouble started for the Jews and it became hard to maintain employment. Juan now went on a tour with Jushny and his 'Blaue Vogel' troup to Sweden, while Anki went to Paris and London and was broadcast on the radio in both countries. When 'Die Blaue Vogel' planned a trip to the US Anki was invited to be member of the group, as well. When they returned to Berlin their friends advised them to go back to the U.S. and for Juan to get his American papers in order. He had to contact family members in Paris, England, Italy and Russia and have all his aunts sign papers to swear that it was true that he was born in Philadelphia, USA and that his papers had been burnt in Russia. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1933, but Anki had to wait one and a half long years before she was able to enter the country, let alone get a working permit, since it took this long for the paperwork to be in order. I have written about this SPIVAK family before, and this seems like a solid lead. Does anyone know from where I could obtain whatever papers Juan filed with the US government? Those petitions would help establish the name of the ancestors who moved to these other cities (I have a photo of the one who went to London). Thanks in advance for any leads... Lanie Bergman Bronx NY
Discography Odeon Wien/Berlin Pagliacci: Hüll' dich in Tand nur X 25133 Pagliacci: Scherzet immer, doch eines schont X 25132 xB 3969? Pagliacci: Nein, bin Bajazzo nicht bloß! X 25534 X 99??? xxB 3951 Faust: Gegrüßt sei mir, o heil'ge Stätte XX 76023 AA 56989 xB 3922 Faust: O gib junges Blut with Emil Stammer X 51352 X 99016 Tosca: Und es blitzten die Sterne X 64992 X 25056 Tosca: Wie sich die Bilder gleichen X 64997 X 25057 xB 3967 Manon Lescaut: Ha, wagt's, sie zu berühren X 99041 X 25228 xB 3966 Manon Lescaut: Wo lebte wohl ein Wesen X 99054 X 25229 xB 3925 Martha: Wie das schnattert, wie das plappert X 99006 X 51354 with Juan Luria xB 3902 Il Trovatore: Rings tiefes Schweigen! X 99031 X 51351 with Juan Luria xB 3970 Guillaume Tell: O Mathilde X 99060 X 51353 with Juan Luria xB 3901 CARMEN: Eine Linie tiefer X 99199 X 51355 with Juan Luria Towau l'fonecho (Louis Lewandowski) X 35819 Synagoge Rykestraße Berlin, Alexander Weinbaum
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the Spivak citizenship research.