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Liza Lehmann (7/11/1862 - 9/19/1918)

Liza Lehmann was the eldest daughter of the painter Rudolf Lehmann and his wife Amelia, daughter of the Edinburgh publisher and writer Robert Chambers. Rudolf Lehmann, who later settled with his family in England, was born in Hamburg and was himself the son of a German painter and his Italian wife. Christened Elisabetha Nina Mary Frederica, Liza Lehmann was born in London, to ensure British nationality if the child had been a boy, although the Lehmanns were living at the time in Rome. Rudolf Lehmann was distinguished in the artists’ colony there, his friends including Liszt, who always demanded bacon and eggs when he visited the Lehmanns. On settling in London the family continued to move in established social and artistic circles, with Rudolf Lehmann enjoying a very considerable reputation as a portrait painter. The four girls were educated at home by a series of governesses and Liza Lehmann was encouraged in particular in her obvious musical interests by her mother, herself a gifted if diffident amateur musician but her daughter’s honest critic and mentor. Liza Lehmann was able to benefit as a singer from the help of Jenny Lind, whose classes she later attended. At the same time she was able to reach a certain ability as a pianist through sympathetic lessons with Alma Haas. She had lessons in singing with Alberto Randegger and in composition with Raunkilde in Rome, followed by further study of composition with Freudenberg in Wiesbaden and with Hamish MacCunn in

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