Music: Dowager of Song

The applause went on for two minutes when she came on stage; the house was full, and 100 extra people crowded onto the stage, which was decked with enough floral tributes to do justice to a gangster's funeral. But tall, ample Lotte Lehmann, one of the greatest sopranos of her fading day, making her 18th annual appearance at Manhattan's Town Hall, still nervously clutched a handkerchief as she sang Schubert's Müllerin song cycle. Said she, afterwards: "The first concert in New York is always difficult. The heart goes like that! It is like having...

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