Josef Josephi, 1901
July 15, 1852
|Died||January 8, 1920 (aged 67)|
|Burial place||Hietzing Cemetery, Vienna|
He was the son of a cloth merchant. He graduated from high school in 1871 and made his debut in 1873 in Vienna in a small role as a soldier in Friedrich Schiller’s Fiesco. His apprenticeship led him to Nagykanizsa, Chemnitz and Wrocław. In 1878 he joined the Ringtheater in Vienna. In 1880 he played at the Carltheater, and in 1883 at the Theater an der Wien.
Successes in performing vocal roles led him to the decision to become a singer.
He sang in Johann Strauss II's Eine Nacht in Venedig and The Gypsy Baron, and in Vilém Blodek's comic one-act opera V studni (In the Well). Together with Alexander Girardi, Karl Lindau, and Therese Biedermann, he formed the Elitekorps (elite corps) of the Viennese operetta.
- Jan Janicki in Der Bettelstudent by Carl Millöcker (1882)
- Guido in Eine Nacht in Venedig by Johann Strauss II (1883)
- Conte Erminio in Gasparone by Carl Millöcker (1884)
- Botho von Wendt in Waldmeister by Johann Strauss II (1895)