Lehmann, Liza [Elizabeth] (Nina Mary Frederica)
- Stephen Banfield
[Elizabeth] (Nina Mary Frederica)
(b London, July 11, 1862; d Pinner, Sept 19, 1918). English soprano and composer. She was the daughter of Amelia Chambers (widely known under the initials A.L. as a teacher, composer and arranger of songs) and Rudolf Lehmann, a German painter. She studied singing with Alberto Randegger and Jenny Lind in London, and composition with Niels Raunkilde in Rome, Wilhelm Freudenberg in Wiesbaden and Hamish MacCunn in London. She made her début at a Monday Popular Concert on 23 November 1885, and during the next nine years undertook many important recital engagements in England, receiving encouragement from Joseph Joachim and Clara Schumann. After a farewell concert at St James’s Hall on 14 July 1894, she retired, marrying Herbert Bedford, a painter and composer, and concentrating thenceforth on composition. She had already published some songs, and in 1896 In a Persian Garden appeared, a cycle of selected quatrains from Edward FitzGerald’s version of the ...