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Tiana Lemnitz (Soprano)

Born: October 26, 1897 - Metz (German territory after the Franco-Prussian war)
Died: February 5, 1994 - Berlin, Germany

Rich in outstanding soprano singers as Germany was during the inter-war years, one voice stood, and still stands, out for sheer silvery purity and exquisiteness, that of Tiana Lemnitz. She studied with Hoch in Metz and Kohmann in Frankfurt am Main.

Tiana Lemnitz made her operatic debut in Lortzigís Undine in Heilbronn in 1920. From 1922 to 1928 she sang in Aachen (according to Hugo Wolf Societyís album, her operatic debut was there in 1922). Lemnitz subsequently pursued a distinguished career as a member of the Hannover Opera from 1928 to 1933, the Dresden State Opera from 1933 to 1934, and the Berlin State Opera from 1934 to 1957. She also made guest appearances in Vienna, Munich, Rome, Londonís Covent Garden (1936, 1938) and Buenos Airesís Teatro Colón (1936, 1950).

Tiana Lemnitz' repertoire included many leading roles in German, Italian, French, and Russian operas. Her most admired roles ranged from Mozartís heroines (such as Pamina), through Weberís Agathe, Verdiís Aida and Desdemona, Georges Bizetís Micaëla, Wagnerís Elsa, Evchen and Sieglinde, to Pucciniís Mimi and Straussí Octavian - later she was to become an eminent Marschallin. She retired in 1957, surviving to a hearty old age.


Source: Liner notes to the Album ĎThe Hugo Wolf Society 1931-1938í (EMI, late 1970ís); Bakerís Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
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Aryeh Oron (May 2001)

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