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

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

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

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

by Michael H. Kater


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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 famous encounter with Hermann Göring, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107675049
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/12/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Michael H. Kater (b.1937) has studied history, sociology and music at the universities of Toronto, Munich and Heidelberg. Since 1967, he has taught at York University, Toronto, from 1991 to the present as Distinguished Research Professor of History. Professor Kater has served as Visiting Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine both at McMaster University in Hamilton and at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Canada Council Senior Killam Fellow, and the recipient of the Konrad Adenauer Research Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. As his main research interest is the culture, society and politics of modern Germany, he is the author of many books, several of them prize-winning. He has been a frequent guest at international conferences and lectured widely at universities and academic functions around the world.

Table of Contents

Part I. Childhood and Apprentice Years: 1. Perleberg and Berlin; 2. Coming out in Hamburg; Part II. Rise to Fame in Vienna: 3. From empire to republic; 4. A prima donna in the Staatsoper; 5. Private times; Part III. Climax and Crises: 6. New challenges in Vienna; 7. Professional life and private affairs; 8. America; Part IV. Between Third Reich Seduction and American Opportunity: 9. Lotte Lehmann, the lion, and the Third Reich; 10. New York; Part V. Between Touring and Teaching, 1940–50: 11. Frances Holden, Santa Barbara and the new world; 12. Professional transformations; Part VI. Triumphs and Burdens of Old Age, 1951–76: 13. The Music Academy of the West; 14. Master pupils; 15. At dusk; Epilogue.
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