Born in Brooklyn, baritone Robert Paul Abelson has long been a noted cantor and cantorial teacher within the Reform movement. For many seasons a member of the New York City Opera, he has also sung with the Seattle and St. Paul Opera companies, the Goldovsky Opera Theatre, and the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. An active performer in film, television, and theater, especially in Yiddish productions, Abelson has always shown a special devotion to Yiddish song, both art and theatrical. He starred in New York in the Jewish musical review On Second Avenue and in the 1990 Broadway musical Those Were the Days. He also sang a lead role in Gimpel the Fool, the acclaimed Yiddish opera by David Schiff.