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Lotte Lehmann

Lotte Lehmann  (Sentanka)

Charlotte Lehmann
Die große Opernsängerin
Sie schrieb und filmte

Ihr Ruhm bleibt unvergessen
Und bot den Nazis die Stirn

Charlotte Lehmann
The great opera singer
She wrote and filmed

Her fame will always be remembered
And she defied the Nazis 

Charlotte Lehmann
La gran vocalista de ópera
Ella escribió y filmó

Su fama siempre será recordado
Y desafió a los nazis 

Note: Charlotte Lehman, known as Lotte Lehman, born in 1888 in Perleburg, Germany, and one of my relatives, was a famous opera singer in Europe and the USA. She emigrated from Vienna to the USA in 1937. She sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1934 to 1945. In 1951 she retired from public live and gave singing
instructions. One of her scholars was the well-known opera singer Grace Bumbry. Lotte Lehmann was also a writer and poetess and a filmmaker. She died in 1976 in Santa Barbara, California and was buried at the famous Vienna Central Cemetary in 1977. 

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  1. Date: 4/16/2011 11:31:00 PM
    Very informative tanka on a talented woman, Gert :) thanks for sharing this one :)

  1. Date: 4/14/2011 10:36:00 AM
    A lovely tribute to your relative, Gert. I am longing to receive the CD and hear her voice - Amazon have shipped it, so I hope I won't have to wait for long. She sounded like an amazing person. I hope you are feeling much better now. Yes, Sue's cough is better, thanks : ) Love from Jack. I was amazed that some people still seriously believe in vampires - I didn't know that.

  1. Date: 4/14/2011 10:26:00 AM
    you must be really proud of her, this was a moving piece and enjoyed reading. thank you for commenting on Fort Sumter.

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 4:20:00 PM
    Dear Gert, I'm a Lotte Lehmann researcher. I'm happy to meet one of her relatives. There are a few errors in your note. Please email me and I can send corrections. Sincerely, Gary Hickling

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 2:57:00 PM
    Glad Charlotte was able to escape to the U.S., Gert. How interesting that this talented lady was a member of your family. This is a very fine tanka tribute to her. I'm glad you provided the note at the end as I hadn't heard of her previously. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 11:40:00 AM
    I am reading such diverse poems here at PoetrySoup. Poet's hearts are bleeding poetry today. That is where the best poetry comes from. It has been my pleasure to read your poetry today Gert. Continue to write and share it and I will be back to read it. Have a wonderful day and may you find inspiration along the way. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 9:36:00 AM
    Beautiful person u have tributed Gert my friend.. in such a lovely way ..wonderful information as to this great singer and a relative of yours so famous..amazing to know and learn about .. enjoyed this elegant piece and tribute luv..

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 7:10:00 AM
    Nice tribute you paid to the great opera singer who happened to be your relative. Thanks for sharing this information, gert

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 3:04:00 AM
    Nice write and enjoyable story. Loved it and it held my interest.

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 1:46:00 AM
    wow, gert... you pulled me in with this short yet lush piece.. so amazed by the story of charlotte as you make her spirit live! mahusay na tula! :) huggs, nette