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Music: Lotte's Secrets

"How can it really be that I was once the little girl and that one day I will be the woman?...How can it happen, when, after all, I always remain the same?" So muses the Marschallin, the wise, witty and autumnal beauty in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. For years the part was the special glory of Opera Singer Lotte Lehmann, and its touch of middle-aging melancholy took on a special meaning for her as Soprano Lehmann herself gradually grew too old to sing it (her last Metropolitan Opera appearance in the role was in 1945)....

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