Lotte Lehmann soprano born in Germany 1888 -1976

Lotte Lehmann soprano born in Germany 1888 -1976 Lotte Lehmann

The celebrated German-born American soprano, Lotte Lehmann, was encouraged by her middle class father in practical careers, but she was determined to study singing. After some disastrous experiences, she finally found a suitable teacher in Mathilde Mallinger and after less than a year of study with her, landed an apprentice-level contract with the Hamburg Opera in 1910. At first clumsy and inept, she quickly moved to important roles and in 1914 sang for the first time at the Vienna Court Opera. It was also in 1914 that Lotte Lehmann made the first of her over 500 recordings.

Lotte Lehmann soprano born in Germany 1888 -1976

Born: February 27, 1888 – Perleberg (a small city not too far from Berlin), Germany
Died: August 26, 1976 – Santa Barbara, California, USA

In Vienna Lotte Lehmann found her true artistic home. Richard Strauss heard her sing as an understudy for the role of the Composer in his opera Ariadne auf Naxos and chose her to sing its world premier. Thereafter she sang premiers of other Strauss operas as well as Vienna premiers of Pucinni. Her total opera roles: 93!

During her years in Vienna Lotte Lehmann began to sing Lieder. Though she claimed later that she didn’t do justice to this demanding art at this point of her development, she did record Lieder at that time, and despite the corny sounding orchestral accompaniments, Lehmann sounds natural and unaffected. Her recordings of Wagner’s Die Walküre and Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss were held in high esteem by critics of her day and are regarded as classics in our own time.

In 1934 Lotte Lehmann sang her debut at the Met in her favourite role: Sieglinde in Die Walküre. Problems with the Nazis had prevented her from singing for years in Germany, and when Austria was annexed in 1938, Lehmann left, concentrating her opera career at the Met and singing and recording more Lieder than previously. These recordings demonstrate high refinement of Lieder singing, rarely matched.

In 1914 Lotte Lehmann sang for the first time in London and was, by her final performance there in 1938, considered to be one of the greatest singing actresses of all time. She also appeared regularly (1926-1937) at the Salzburg festivals conducted by Krauss, Schalk, and Arturo Toscanini. Lieder recitals there paired Lehmann with ‘pianist’ Bruno Walter.

Lotte Lehmann’s career in the USA continued during the war, mostly in concert performances and recordings. In 1951 she gave her final concerts and retired to an active teaching career, which she followed almost until her death in 1976.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:114240 
Die Walküre {267}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/11/1934
Debut: Lotte Lehmann
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:114850
Tannhäuser {278}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/1934
Broadcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:115070
Operatic Surprise Party of 1934
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/1934
[Met Performance] CID:115120
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {202}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/15/1934
Review
[Met Performance] CID:116100
Tannhäuser {280}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/1/1935
[Met Performance] CID:116130
Der Rosenkavalier {53}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/4/1935
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:116260
Der Rosenkavalier {54}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/14/1935
[Met Performance] CID:116670 
Lohengrin {398}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/1935
Review
[Met Performance] CID:116740
Der Rosenkavalier {56}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/19/1935
[Met Performance] CID:117030
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {205}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1935
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:117110
Gatti-Casazza Gala Performance
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/19/1935
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:117130
Tosca {235}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/21/1935
Review
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:117280
Grand Operatic Surprise Party
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/31/1935
[Met Performance] CID:118010
Tosca {237}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 12/17/1935
[Met Performance] CID:118060
Lohengrin {402}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/1935
Debut: Julius Huehn
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:118120
Tannhäuser {288}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/26/1935
Debut: Helen Stuart, Heidi Vosseler
[Met Performance] CID:118540
Tosca {238}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/30/1936
[Met Performance] CID:119090
Tannhäuser {292}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/1936
[Met Performance] CID:119240
Tannhäuser {293}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/23/1936
[Met Performance] CID:120330
Die Walküre {285}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/16/1937
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:120450 
Tannhäuser {294}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/1937
Review
[Met Performance] CID:120680
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {212}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/12/1937
Review
[Met Performance] CID:120900
Die Walküre {289} Ring Cycle [60]
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/27/1937
[Met Performance] CID:121050
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {213}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/12/1937
[Met Performance] CID:121170
Tannhäuser {295}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/19/1937
Review
[Met Performance] CID:122020
Der Rosenkavalier {57}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/1/1937
Review
[Met Performance] CID:122110
Tannhäuser {296}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/9/1937
Review
[Met Performance] CID:122250
Der Rosenkavalier {58}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/1937
[Met Performance] CID:122390
Der Rosenkavalier {59}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/1937
[Met Performance] CID:122720
Der Rosenkavalier {60}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1938
[Met Performance] CID:122800
Tannhäuser {299}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/3/1938
Review
[Met Performance] CID:122830
Der Rosenkavalier {61}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/5/1938
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:122940
Tannhäuser {301}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/12/1938
[Met Performance] CID:123550
Der Rosenkavalier {62}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/31/1938
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124010 
Der Rosenkavalier {63}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 11/22/1938
Debuts: Risë Stevens, Sari Montague, Erich Witte
Review
A Risë Stevens Album
[Met Performance] CID:124070
Lohengrin {423}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/1938
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124120
Tannhäuser {304}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/1/1938
Debuts: George Chaffee, Doris Neal, Ruth Harris
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:124360
Der Rosenkavalier {64}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/19/1938
Review
[Met Performance] CID:124620
Der Rosenkavalier {65}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/7/1939
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:127040
Tannhäuser {313}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/1/1939
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127090
Der Rosenkavalier {67}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1939
Debut: John Carter
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127100
Die Walküre {310}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/6/1939
Debut: Eyvind Laholm
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127390  
Der Rosenkavalier {68}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/29/1939
Debut: Harriet Henders
Review
[Met Performance] CID:127670
Die Walküre {312}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/19/1940
[Met Performance] CID:127820
Der Rosenkavalier {69}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/31/1940
[Met Performance] CID:127970
Der Rosenkavalier {70}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/10/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128020
Tannhäuser {315}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/15/1940
Review
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:128160
Gala Program
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/25/1940
[Met Performance] CID:128530
Der Rosenkavalier {71}
Lyric Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland; 03/26/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128550
Der Rosenkavalier {72}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/28/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128570
Die Walküre {318}
Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/30/1940
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:128760
Die Walküre {319}
Fair Park Auditorium, Dallas, Texas; 04/16/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128800
Tannhäuser {318}
Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana; 04/19/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:128850
Tannhäuser {319}
Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia; 04/24/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130060 
Der Rosenkavalier {73}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/7/1940
Debut: Eleanor Steber, Maria Hussa
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130200
Der Rosenkavalier {74}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/18/1940
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130530
Der Rosenkavalier {75}
American Academy fo Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/14/1941
Debut: Margit Bokor
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130560
Tannhäuser {321}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/17/1941
Debut: Elsa Zebranska
Review
[Met Performance] CID:130630
Der Rosenkavalier {76}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/23/1941
[Met Performance] CID:131170
Der Rosenkavalier {77}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/7/1941
[Met Performance] CID:131290
Der Rosenkavalier {78}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/17/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:131430
Tannhäuser {324}
Metropolitan Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/28/1941
Review
[Met Performance] CID:132030 
Der Rosenkavalier {79}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/27/1941
Debut: Kurt Baum, Gerhard Pechner
Review
[Met Performance] CID:132480
Der Rosenkavalier {81}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/3/1942
[Met Performance] CID:132590
Der Rosenkavalier {82}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/12/1942
[Met Performance] CID:132780
Die Walküre {328} Ring Cycle [71] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/28/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:133300
Der Rosenkavalier {83}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/13/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:133420
Die Walküre {329}
Metropolitan Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/24/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:133460
Der Rosenkavalier {84}
Metropolitan Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts; 03/27/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:133540
Der Rosenkavalier {85}
Cleveland Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/9/1942
Review
[Met Performance] CID:134470
Der Rosenkavalier {87}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/8/1943
[Met Performance] CID:134590
Der Rosenkavalier {88}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/18/1943
[Met Performance] CID:134750
Tannhäuser {334}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/1/1943
[Met Performance] CID:134780
Der Rosenkavalier {89}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/4/1943
[Met Performance] CID:134920
Die Walküre {330} Ring Cycle [72] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/16/1943
[Met Performance] CID:137670
Tannhäuser {343}
Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois; 04/28/1944
Review
[Met Performance] CID:138960
Der Rosenkavalier {96}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/1945
Reviews
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:140910
Gala Performance
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/1946
Lauritz Melchior’s 20th Anniversary
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:141830
Un Ballo in Maschera {45}
aCivic Opera House,Chicago, Illinois; 05/11/1946
Review
[Met Performance] CID:146200
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {248}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/29/1947
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:155590
Der Rosenkavalier {137}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/5/1951
Debut: Fritz Krenn
Review
[Met Performance] CID:158330
Götterdämmerung {172}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/1951
Review
[Met Performance] CID:176230
Der Rosenkavalier {162}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/22/1957
Debut: Steve Wiland
Review
[Met Performance] CID:186540  Opera News
Tannhäuser {379}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/1960
Debuts: Hermann Prey, Ada Brysac, Ethel Greene, Pamela Munson, Georg Solti
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:192350  
Der Rosenkavalier {182}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/19/1962
Debuts: Hertha Töpper, Régine Crespin, Ada Calabrese, Erbert Aldridge, Lotte Lehmann (Director)
Review
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:206150
Gala Farewell
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/16/1966
Last performance by the Metropolitan Opera in the opera house at Broadway and 39th Street.
[Met Performance] CID:208110
Die Frau ohne Schatten {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/6/1966
Review
[Met Performance] CID:236550 
Der Rosenkavalier {236}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/16/1974
Debuts: Brigitte Fassbaender, Manfred Jungwirth, Linda Mays, Valerie Lundberg, Richard Abrams
Review
[Met Performance] CID:240460
Manon Lescaut {129}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/7/1975
Review

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