Personalities | Lotte Lehmann | Modern Era | Opera
One of modern opera’s great singers, Lehmann’s performances of Robert Schumann’s songs were renowned. She created the roles of the composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, the Dyer’s Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten and Christine in Intermezzo, all by Strauss. Although her true artistic home was Vienna, she made an auspicious debut as Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre at the Met in 1934. Unable to sing in Austria during the Second World War, she remained at the Met and recorded Lieder with musicians such as Bruno Walter. Lehmann’s distinguished career spanned 93 lyric-dramatic soprano roles and all three of the leading parts in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. In later life, she inspired the creation of the Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara, California.
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