V2683. TIANA LEMNITZ: Songs by Brahms, Schubert, Wagner, Wolf & Rasch. (Austria) Preiser 89115, recorded 1936-40. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 717281891158
"[Lemnitz's] tone was flawless in its gentle power, her technique masterly in the breath control which would sustain long, unbroken phrases....The recordings, from German radio, are clear and generally faithful; several of them will become essential points of reference whenever Lemnitz herself is remembered."
- J.B. Steane, GRAMOPHONE, Oct., 1995
"Tiana Lemnitz studied at Hoch’s Conservatory in Frankfurt am Main with Anton Kohmann. She made her operatic début in Lortzing’s UNDINE in Heilbronn in 1920. From 1922 to 1928 she sang in Aachen (according to Hugo Wolf Society’s album, her operatic début was there in 1922). Lemnitz subsequently pursued a distinguished career as a member of the Hannover Opera from 1928 to 1933. She was a regular guest at the Dresden State Opera (1933–1934) and an esteemed member of the Berlin State Opera from (1934–1935), where she appeared in the world premiere of Henze’s DER PRINZ VON HOMBURG in 1935. She also made guest appearances in Vienna, Munich, Rome, London’s Covent Garden (1936, 1938) and Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colón as Octavian in 1936. The same season she performed in DIE FLEDERMAUS, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Countess), and LOHENGRIN (Elsa). Lemnitz returned to the Colón in 1950 as Sieglinde in DIE WALKÜRE, Jenufa in JENUFA, and Pamina in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, all under the baton of Karl Böhm. Her repertoire included many leading roles in German, Italian, French, and Russian operas. She sang Pamina; Aïda; Micaëla; Wagner’s Elsa, Eva, and Sieglinde; and Strauss’ Octavian as well as the Marschallin. One of her most admired performances was at the 1939 Salzburg Festival, where she sang Agathe in Weber’s DER FREISCHÜTZ. Tiana Lemnitz was known for her exquisite singing, delicate tone, and subtlety of expression."
- Lia Frey-Rabine