Lotte Lehmann Chronology

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This (hardly complete) Lotte Lehmann Chronology is divided into four parts. A condensed one-page version can be found at the bottom of this page.

1. Introduction, Studies & Hamburg Opera years 1888 – 1916;

2. Vienna 1916-1937 (2014 edition)

3. US Recital years 1937-1951 (2014 edition)

 4. Teaching years (1951 – 1976).

Since there is confusion regarding the various opera houses in Berlin, I’m offering a list of the historic names and their changes during the time that Lehmann sang there.  Names of Berlin Opera Houses

Here are some of the people who helped with the chronology research: Dr. Herman Schornstein and Shirley Sproule. And chronology researcher Nicolai Heske provided recital and church concert dates that Lehmann sang early in her career in Hamburg. Historic chronology work continues with help from active researchers in Hamburg, Vienna, Munich and Paris; chronologists Charles Mintzer, who recently wrote Rosa Raisa’s biography, and Bob Tuggle, Director of the Metropolitan Opera Archives and presently writing the Kirsten Flagstad biography, also helped with the Lehmann Chronology. The Lehmann Chronology had help from researchers in Vienna (Karin Neuwirth, Peter Claussen, Jean-Pascal Vachon), Stockholm, Hamburg (Alfred Kaine), Paris (Jean-Pascal Vachon), Berlin, Sydney, Cincinnati and Chicago. In Chicago alone, diligent researcher Rebecca Kahn unearthed important information about Lehmann opera performances, recitals at Ravinia and master classes at Northwestern University.

Condensed Lehmann Chronology

1888 Born in Perleberg, Germany

1910 Hamburg Opera debut

1916 Sings premier of Ariadne auf Naxos, Vienna Opera

1919 Sings premier of Frau ohne Schatten, Vienna Opera

1920 Sings Vienna premier of Suor Angelica, Vienna Opera

1924 Covent Garden debut as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier

1924 Sings premier of Intermezzo, Dresden Opera

1926 Sings Vienna premier of Turandot, Vienna Opera

1930 First US appearances

1932 First Town Hall recital

1933 Sings Vienna premier of Arabella, Vienna Opera

1934 Metropolitan Opera debut (Sieglinde in Die Walküre)

1937 Leaves Vienna for the US; tours Australia

1939 Her husband, Otto Krause, dies

1946 Final opera appearances

1947 Helps found the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, where she lives and teaches both privately and at the MAW

1947 Appears in MGM’s Big City

1950 Exhibits her paintings

1951 Final song recital appearances

1952 Master Classes (Pasadena, MAW and later throughout the world)

1953 “Evening with Lotte Lehmann” a series of staged performances, in which her students sang, and Lehmann spoke

1960 Produces Arabella at MAW (regularly produces opera performances there)

1961 NET records her opera and Lieder master classes at MAW

1976 Dies, Santa Barbara, California, US