Live Vienna Opera Excerpts

It’s important to remember that these excerpts were recorded onto acetates right there in the hall. There is surface noise, audience coughs, stage clatter, and distortion cause by the microphone picking up a timpani when, really, a vocal line was desired. The...

Images from UCSB’s Lehmann Archives

1934: Met debut, recitals in the US, and her return to Europe 1934 reviews, from Boston recital 9 March 1934. Oil painting of Lehmann, possibly as Manon Lescaut, hanging at the Music Academy of the West. Painting in pastel of Lehmann as the Marschallin at the MAW...

Test Pressings from UCSB

From the Lotte Lehmann Archives of the Special Collections at the UCSB Library, the specialists sent me the following Lehmann recordings. They were all listed as “test pressings,” but only some of them were. The following list (in alphabetical order)...

1937 Met Die Walküre

This radio broadcast was “preserved” on acetates. You’ll hear then, that there are many breaks, sometimes at crucial moments. It just means that the person recording needed to take off the needle, remove one acetate, place another on the turntable,...