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Never Sang for Hitler: The Life and Times of Lotte Lehmann, 1888-1976 Michael H. Kater

Never Sang for Hitler: The Life and Times of Lotte Lehmann, 1888-1976

Michael H. Kater

Published April 1st 2008
ISBN : 9780521873925
Hardcover
394 pages
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Lotte Lehmann ranks among the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. She was a favorite of Richard Strauss, and over her lifetime became the friend of other famous men: Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini and Thomas Mann. She had a famousMoreLotte Lehmann ranks among the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. She was a favorite of Richard Strauss, and over her lifetime became the friend of other famous men: Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini and Thomas Mann. She had a famous encounter with Hermann Goring, in which he claimed to want to make her the foremost singer in Nazi Germany. By the time of her final performance in 1951, she was considered one of the finest singing actresses of all time. Rather than a traditional biography, this book aims to be both a descriptive narrative of Lehmann s life and a critical analysis of the interconnections of the artist and society. Kater describes the varying phases of Lehmann s life, as well as the sociocultural settings in which she finds herself whether in the Wilhemine Empire, First Austrian Republic, Nazi Germany, or the United States. Kater s use of Lehmann s personal and other papers reshapes much of what is known about her life and career.