LÖhse, Otto, German conductor and composer; b. Dresden, Sept. 21, 1858; d. Baden-Baden, May 5, 1925. He was a pupil at the Dresden Cons. of Richter (piano), Grützmacher (cello), Draeseke, Kretschmer, and Rischbieter (theory), and Wüllner (conducting). He began his conducting career in Riga (1882); was first conductor there (1889-93). In 1893 he was in Hamburg, where he married Katharina Klafsky. In 1895-96 both artists were members of the Damrosch Opera Co. in N.Y., with Lohse as conductor. From 1897 to 1904, Löhse conducted opera in Strasbourg; from 1904 to 1911, in Cologne; from 1911 to 1912, at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels; from 1912 to 1923, at the Leipzig Stadttheater; from 1923 to 1925, in Baden-Baden. He composed an opera, Der Prinz wider Willen (Riga, 1890), and songs.
E. Lert, O. L. (Leipzig, 1918).
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