- Rita Kleinstein
Infobox musical artist
Name = Rita
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Rita Yahan Farouz
Born = birth date and age|1962|3|24
Origin = flagicon|Iran|1925
Genre = Pop
Occupation = Singer, Actress
Years_active = 1986-present
Label = Helicon, Kna'an
Rita ( _he. ריטה, born Rita Yahan-Farouz on
March 24, 1962), is a stage name of an Israeli pop singerand actress. [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1514929/bio IMDB Rita Kleinstein Bio] ] .
Rita was born on
March 24, 1962in Tehran, Iran. She and her family moved to Israelin 1970. Both her parents are Jews, her mother is of Iranian Jewish ancestry and her father is of part Russian Jewish-Polish Jewish ancestry.
Musical and Acting Career
Rita began her career in 1980 as part of a musical troop in the Israeli Army. In 1982, she attended the "Beit Zvi" school of acting. Her first exposure to the general public in Israel was at the 1986 Pre-Eurovision Song Contest (known as the
Kdam-Eurovision), which decided who would represent Israel in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Rita did not win, but her song, along with her provocative performance garnered much interest. That same year, Rita starred in an adaptation of " My Fair Lady" and released her self-titled debut album, "Rita", which went triple platinum, selling over 120,000 copies.
In 1988, Rita released her second album, "Yemei Ha'Tom" (Days of Innocence), which was produced by her husband Rami Kleinstein, which included a song by the noted Israeli playwright
Hanoch Levin. In 1990, Rita finally got her chance to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest with her song Shara Barkhovot(Singing in the Streets), but only got to the 18th place. After a brief hiatus, Rita returned in 1994 with her third album, "Ahava Gedola" (Big Love), which was also successful and led to a three-year tour around the country. "Tahanot Bazman" (Stations in Time) was released in 1996, consisting mainly of previously unreleased materials.
In 1998, Rita was invited to sing the Israeli national Anthem "Hatikvah" (The Hope) as part of Israel's jubilee celebration "Paamonei ha'yovel" (The Jubilee Bells). There was a minor uproar concerning the amount of money she would be paid, which seemed exorbitant to some, but she was finally convinced to perform, following a call from Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu. She reportedly gave the money she earned to charity.
In 1999, Rita released "Tiftah Halon" (Open a Window) which was also a great success, followed by "Hamtzam" (
oxygen) in 2003 which was less successful. In 2004, Rita played the role of Roxie Hart in an adaptation of "Chicago" for the Beit Leisin Theater. [http://www.nrg.co.il/online/5/ART/853/217.html]
In 2006, Rita put on a new show called "One" (in English) which ran for a month at the
Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center. Directed by Hanoch Rozen, it was a lavish affair including lasers, flamethrowers, 3-D images, smoke machines and forty dancers, acrobats, and actors. Over 100,000 tickets were sold.
After five years in which she didn't release any new albums, Rita released her 7th album, "Remzaim" (Clues).
Rita was married to the popular pianist, composer, and singer
Rami Kleinstein, with whom she has two daughters - Meshi and Noam. The couple performed together in 2001. On September 3, 2007, however, it was announced that Rita and Rami were separating.
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* [http://www.rita.co.il Official website]
* [http://www.kikar-israel.com/artists/no-categorised/nc/rita-kleinstein.html Kikar-Israel.com] - Bio & discography, latest news on Rita
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