Lotte Lehmann


of German art song - this was her way of staying true to the culture of her homeland while condemning the destruction spread by the Nazis in Europe. 

In 1945 she bade farewell to the operatic stage in a final performance of Rosenkavalier at the Met, and in 1951 Lehmann gave her last recital in New York's Town Hall. She helped found the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, where she taught virtually until her death in 1976, passing on her legacy to an outstanding generation of world-class singers such as Grace Bumbry, Marilyn Horne, Sue Patchell, Martile Rowland, Thomas Moser and Karan Armstrong. 

While she was revered and honored in the US, as well as in London, Paris and Vienna, Germany largely forgot Lotte Lehmann until a very recent number of initiatives germinated in her birthplace, a small town that lies halfway between Hamburg and Berlin, called Perleberg.