Lotte Lehmann: Rosenkavalier Photos

Lehmann’s performance in this role was taken as a standard for years after she left the stage. When Schwarzkopf returned to sing the Marschallin at Covent Garden in 1959 Philip Hope-Wallace wrote in The Guardien: “Some of her phrasing was angelic, but this is much more the Dresden figurine, the superb soubrette than the conception of the Marschalilin which lingers from the days of Lotte Lehmann…” Of that same performance Peter Heyworth in The Observer wrote: “Of all present-day singers Elisabeth Schwarzkopf would seem by far the best equipped to don the illustrious mantle of Lotte Lehmann in the role of the Marschallin…”