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Lehmann, Lottelocked

(27 February 1888–26 August 1976)
  • Beaumont Glass

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Lehmann, Lotte (27 February 1888–26 August 1976), operatic soprano and lieder recitalist, was born in Perleberg, Germany, the daughter of Carl Lehmann, secretary of a national benevolent society, and Marie Schuster. Her childhood was uneventful and relatively happy. Everyone in the family sang but only as amateurs. Lotte’s father had intended to enroll her in a commercial course, but he was persuaded by her vocal talent to allow her to accept a scholarship at the Royal High School of Music in Berlin. Later study included a discouragingly counterproductive period at the Etelka Gerster School of Singing from which she was expelled for a perceived lack of talent, and then a year (1909–1910) of very satisfying progress with Mathilde Mallinger, who had been Richard Wagner’s first Eva in ...

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