Lenya, Lotte

Lenya, Lotte

(lôt`ə lĕn`yä), 1898–1981, Viennese singer and character actress, b. Karoline Blamauer. The wife of the composer Kurt WeillWeill, Kurt
, 1900–1950, German-American composer, b. Dessau, studied with Humperdinck and Busoni in Berlin. He first became known with the production of two short satirical surrealist operas, Der Protagonist (1926) and Der Zar lässt sich photographieren
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, Lenya was the foremost singer of his songs. She and Weill fled Germany in 1933 to work in the United States, where she appeared in The Threepenny Opera (as Jenny, a role she created in Berlin), Brecht on Brecht, Mahagonny, and Cabaret. Lenya also made recordings and films (including The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, 1961, and From Russia with Love, 1963).

Bibliography

See the letters of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, ed. by L. Symonette (1997); E. Mordden, Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya (2012).

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