The most evident sign of Mendel Lewin’s move from his business career into a career as an artist, is him assuming a “stage name” – Max Nivelli.

In 1912 Mendel Lewin started using the name Max Nivelli, “Nivelli” being almost an anagram of the name “Lewin”. It is still unclear where he studied music and singing, but in 1912 he started appearing in opera productions and also teaching solo-singing in a music school in Berlin……