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Kwartin, Paul

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: March 13, 1915 - October 1978

Paul Kwartin was a Cantor, stage performer, musician and singer. He was born in Budapest, Hungary and then moved to Denver with his family shortly after. He eventually went on to live in New York and Connecticut, and died in his home in Westport, Connecticut, at the age of 63. He was survived by his wife Margaret Agnew Fortson Kwartin, three daughters, Terri Flaherty, Leslie Kwartin, and Robin Weiss, step-daughter Deborah Fortson Guzzetti, stepson Thomas Fortson, four grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren.

Paul Kwartin came from a cantorial family and was the son of Cantor Gregor Kwartin who was the cantor at the BMH for many years. Two uncles, Zavel and Boris, were also renowned in the cantorial field.

Paul had performed in his synagogue as a boy alto, grauated from the University of Denver, and then performed with the Central City Opera in Denver for eight (8) seasons. He also appeared in the summer Denver Post Operas held at Cheesman Park. He was the "Wandering Troubador" on CBS radio and appeared in the Broadway production of "No For An Answer", had the leading role in the world premiere of Gian-Carlo Menotti's opera "The Telephone". He attended the Hebrew Union School of Sacred Music on New York for four years after leaving Denver. He served as cantor in the Union Temple of Brooklyn for 11 years until his death.

He was also a business manager of the Lincoln Center Programs, a member of the board of the American Conference of Cantors, the International Jewish Music Library at Lincoln Center, the Board of Jewish Education, and the American Society of Jewish Music.

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

''Barber of Seville'', between 1941-1965

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Identifier: M123.03.0069.0002.00001
Overview Portrait of the cast; (clockwise) Nino Ruisi (with umbrella) as Ambrogio, Louis D'Angelo as Doctor Bartolo, Stella Andreva as Rosina, John Carter as Coun Almarvia, Paul Kwartin as Fiorello,Edwina Eustis as Bertha and John Brownlee as Figaro, for the Central City Opera production of ''The Barber of Seville.''
Dates: between 1941-1965

Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Confirmation Class of 1930, 1930

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Identifier: B063.06.0033.0004.00002
Overview The Beth Ha-Medrosh Hagodol (BMH) confirmation class of 1930 members are standing in suits and dresses. The girls have large bouquets in their arms. Rabbi Charles Kauvar is standing in the front row and next to him is standing Peryle Hayutin (Beck) with her hair in long curls. Rear L-R: Raymond Spiegelman, Albert Schnitzer, Bernard Goldberg, Abraham Kauvar (son of Rabbi Kauvar) and Paul Kwantin; Second row L-R: Leo Flax, Marvin Goldfarb, Minnie Wallins (teacher), Beatrice Pashel Groussman,...
Dates: 1930

John Carter and Paul Kwartin in the ''Barber of Seville'', between 1941-1965

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Identifier: M123.03.0069.0002.00004
Overview Portrait of John Carter as Cout Almaviva and Paul Kwartin as Fiorello in costume for the Central City Opera production of ''The Barber of Seville.''
Dates: between 1941-1965

Kwartin, Paul

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Identifier: M123.03.0051.0009
Overview Photographs of Paul Kwartin, a performer with the Central City Opera
Dates: 1930-1969

Paul Kwartin

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Identifier: M123.03.0051.0009.00001
Overview Paul Kwartin, a performer who worked with the Central City Opera on the 1941 production of 'The Barber of Seville' and in 1946 on 'The Abduction from the Seraglio', playing the accordian and the piano at a bar.
Dates: 1930-1969

Paul Kwartin

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Identifier: M123.03.0051.0009.00002
Overview Portrait of Paul Kwartin, a performer who worked with the Central City Opera in the operas ''The Barber of Seville'' and ''Abduction from Seraglio.''
Dates: 1930-1969

Paul Kwartin

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Identifier: M123.03.0051.0009.00003
Overview Paul Kwartin, a performer who worked with the Central City Opera on the 1941 production of 'The Barber of Seville' and in 1946 on 'The Abduction from the Seraglio.'
Dates: 1930-1969

Paul Kwartin , October 1978 - November 1, 1978

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Identifier: B111.06.0006.0010
Overview Paul Kwartin was a Brooklyn cantor who was born in Hungary and raised in Denver. He sang with the Central City Opera in Denver for eight seasons, appeared in a Broadway production of "No For An Answer", and was also a business manager. He died in his Westport, Connecticut home from cancer at age 63.
Dates: October 1978 - November 1, 1978