Sunday, 24 April 2011

Der Rosenkavalier San Francisco 1945

Lehmann as the Marschallin

The Marschallin was one of Lotte Lehmann's most famous roles, along with Sieglinde perhaps. A large part of the opera was recorded commercially by HMV in 1933 (widely available on Naxos and other labels) with Lehmann, Schumann and Olszewska, and two live Met broadcasts with Lehmann exist from 1938 and 1939. Lehmann retired from the Met in February 1945 singing this as her final role, but appeared with the San Francisco Opera in both 1945 and 1946 in six more performances of Rosenkavalier. In 1945 only Act 3 was broadcast, but in 1946 the entire performance of Oct 8 was broadcast. Sadly, nothing from this last broadcast has ever emerged and this recording seems to be the last one we have of Lehmann in opera though she would continue to give concerts until 1951. 

San Francisco, October 18, 1945

Lotte Lehmann - Marschallin
Risë Steven -Octavian
Nadine Conner - Sophie
Lorenzo Alvary - Baron Ochs
Walter Olitzki - Faninal
Mack Harrell - Police Commissioner
John Garris - Landlord
Herta Glaz - Annina
Alessio de Paolis - Valzacchi

c. George Sebastian

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