Telegraph (UK)

Ute Lemper, the award-winning interpreter of Brecht and Weill, on a trip to London CREDIT: ANDREW CROWLEY FOR THE TELEGRAPH

Ute Lemper has spent more of her 54 years outside her native Germany than inside, for the past two decades preferring New York as the family home she shares with her four children, because it is a city where “no one cares less where you are from”.

The award-winning singer, actress, dancer and musical adapter – words that inadequately convey a range that stretches from reinterpreting the songs of Kurt Weill and Edith Piaf, to starring in Chicago, Cabaret and a string of celebrated art-house films, as well as voicing Disney’s The Little Mermaid – has a complicated relationship with the land of her birth. “Don’t call me German,” she once rebuked an interviewer…

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