Lotte Lehmann Autograph

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(1888-1976) German soprano who was especially associated with German repertory. She gave memorable performances in the operas of Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, Ludwig van Beethoven, Puccini, Mozart, and Massenet.

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Lotte Lehmann was born in Perleberg, Germany in 1888. She was the daughter of a poet, and she showed an interest in music from a young age. She was sent to music school at age 8, and she developed her voice and musical skills there. Her musical career began as a soprano at the Hamburg Opera at age 17. She quickly rose to fame as an opera singer and performed at major opera houses in Europe and America for the next two decades.

Lehmann's career reached its peak in the 1920s and 30s. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1928 and was praised for her powerful and emotional performances. During this time she was also active in the recording industry, making over 100 recordings of opera arias and lieder.

In 1933 Lehmann left the Metropolitan Opera and retired from the opera stage. She then began teaching singing and lecturing on music and the arts. She held master classes at the Juilliard School in New York, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and at the University of Southern California. She also wrote books on singing, including My Life of Song and Singing: The Art and its Interpretation.

Lehmann was a passionate advocate for music and the arts. She founded several organizations to promote music and the arts, including the Lotte Lehmann Music Foundation and the Lehmann Foundation for the Performing Arts. She also created the Lotte Lehmann Concert Series, which were held at the University of Southern California and featured performances by world-renowned musicians.

Lehmann's legacy as an opera singer and teacher continues to this day. She is remembered as one of the most influential singers of the 20th century, and her recordings are still played and admired by classical music fans around the world. Her influence on the teaching of singing remains strong, and her legacy lives on in the many organizations she founded.

Lotte Lehmann passed away in 1976 at the age of 88. She left behind a legacy of musical excellence and a lasting impact on the field of classical music. Her commitment to music and the arts continues to live on through her students and the organizations she founded. She will be remembered as one of the greatest singers of all time.

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