Karl Theodoor Lortzing Karl Theodoor was born on March 27th, 1831 in Detmold.1 Karl Theodoor's father was Gustav Albert Albert Lortzing and his mother was Rosina Regina Ahles. His paternal grandparents were Johann Gottlob Lortzing and Charlotte Sophie Seidel; his maternal grandfather was Johann Ahles and his maternal grandmother is Regina Dorothea Kühlbren (Kohlbren). He had two brothers and eight sisters, named Johann Heinrich, Ferdinand Philipp Victor Johann, Bertha, Charlotte Albertina Rosina, Caroline Rosalie, Caroline Elisabeth Henriette Charlotte, Julie Eleonore Charlotte Luise, Anna Charlotte Henriette, Therese Franziska Albertine and Marie. He was the sixth oldest of the eleven children. He died at the age of 68 on February 26th, 1900.