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Lemnitz, Tiana (opera)

Harold Rosenthal

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.O011244

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(b Metz, Oct 26, 1897; d Berlin, Jan 26, 1994). German soprano . She studied with Anton Kohmann in Frankfurt and made her début at Heilbronn in 1920 in Lortzing’s Undine; from 1922 to 1928 she sang at Aachen. She became leading lyric soprano at Hanover (1928–33) and then, after a year in Dresden, joined the Berlin Staatsoper in 1934, remaining there until she retired in 1957. In Berlin her roles ranged from Mimì and Micaëla to Aida and Desdemona, from Pamina and Mařenka to Sieglinde. Later she sang the Marschallin, Milada (Dalibor), Jenůfa and Nastas’ya (Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress).

Lemnitz made her Covent Garden début in 1936 as Eva and also sang Octavian, Elsa, Pamina and Sieglinde there; her career was otherwise mostly confined to central Europe. Her sensitive artistry, exquisite pianissimo and touching interpretations were greatly admired.

R. Seeliger: ‘Tiana Lemnitz’, Record Collector...

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Subjects: Opera

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