Jean Löhe

9 August 1901 Cologne – 28 August 1990 Cologne

Jean Löhe got an unusually late start as a singer, making his debut in Koblenz only in 1941, at age 40; he had been an adman before. Shortly after that debut, he was drafted, fought WWII and was taken prisoner of war.

When coming home after the war, he resumed (or actually began) his tenor career in Altenburg and Plauen. In 1948, he came to Berlin, where he sang operetta at the Neues Operettentheater, and opera at the Städtische Oper (Nadir and Chapelou, among others). He soon focused on making records and singing on RIAS Berlin, an important radio station, where he had great success in a 1950 Pêcheurs de perles production with Rita Streich and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He was renowned for his excellent top. He sang until 1959.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens
Picture source

Jean Löhe sings Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz
In RA format

Jean Löhe sings Le postillon de Lonjumeau: Freunde, vernehmet die Geschichte
In RA format

Jean Löhe sings Les pêcheurs de perles: Ich höre wie im Traume
I wish to thank Anton Bieber for the Pêcheurs recording and label scan.
I wish to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording (Land des Lächelns).

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