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Otto Lohse (September 21, 1859-May 5, 1925) was a Germanmarker conductor and composer.

Born in Dresdenmarker, Lohse studied with Hans Richter and Felix Draeseke at the city's conservatory. In 1882 he became conductor of two music societies in Rigamarker, the Wagner Society and the Imperial Russian Music Society; seven year's later he became the first kapellmeister of the city's Stadttheater. In 1893 he became director of the Hamburgmarker Stadttheater; while in Hamburg he married singer Katharina Klafsky. The couple traveled to the United Statesmarker in 1896 to join the Damrosch Opera Company, returning to Germany a year later. From then on, Lohse held important conductorial posts at Strassburgmarker (1897-1904), Cologne (1903-11), the Théâtre de la Monnaie (1911-12), and the Stadttheater in Leipzigmarker (1912-23). He also directed performances of Richard Wagner's music dramas at Covent Gardenmarker, Londonmarker, from 1901 until 1904. Lohse received the honorary title of Royal Professor in 1916. His only opera, Der Prinz wider Willen, was performed in Riga in 1890.

Lohse died in Baden-Badenmarker in 1925.


  • David Ewen, Encyclopedia of the Opera: New Enlarged Edition. New York; Hill and Wang, 1963.

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