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Christa Ludwig

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: German
Year of Birth: 1928

About Christa Ludwig:

Christa Ludwig (born 16 March 1928) is a retired German dramatic mezzo-soprano, distinguished for her performances of opera, Lieder, oratorio, and other major religious works like masses and passions, and solos contained in symphonic literature. Her career spanned from the late 1940s until the early 1990s. She is widely recognised as one of the most significant and distinguished singers of the 20th century, "with a voice of exquisite richness and, when needed breathtaking amplitude."

Ludwig was born in Berlin to a musical family; her father, Anton Ludwig, was a tenor and an operatic administrator, her mother, the mezzo-soprano Eugenie Besalla-Ludwig who sang at the Aachen Opera during Herbert von Karajan's period as conductor. Ludwig's first voice teacher was her mother.

Ludwig made her debut in 1946 at the age of 18 as Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus at Frankfurt, where she sang until 1952. She was a member of the Darmstadt Opera from 1952 to 1954, then sang the 1954–1955 season at the Staatsoper Hannover. She joined the Vienna State Opera in 1955, where she became one of its principal artists and was appointed Kammersängerin in 1962 and performed with the company for more than thirty years. In 1954, Ludwig made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and appeared there regularly until 1981. Ludwig made her Bayreuth Festival debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde in 1966. In 1960, she performed as Adalgisa alongside Maria Callas as Norma, in Bellini's opera by the same title, for an EMI recording.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen
2Casta diva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
3Un bel di vedremo Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio
4Voi che sapete Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cherubino
5Pa-Pa-Pa-Papageno Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.31

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles: Papagena/Papageno
6Papagena Papagena Papagena! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.30

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
7Che faro senza Euridice Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
8Soave sia il vento Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.19

Type: trioVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
9Pres des remparts de Seville (Seguidilla) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
10Non so piu cosa son cosa faccio Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cherubino
11Una donna a quindici anni Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Despina
12V'adoro pupille Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.03

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra/Cesare/Nireno
13Stride la vampa Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
14Ah! guarda sorella Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
15Vieni t'affretta Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
16Mira o Norma Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.05-1

Type: duetVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
17In uomini in soldati Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.24

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Despina
18Ah! chi mi dice mai Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Leporello/Giovanni
19Mild und leise wie er lächelt Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.18-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
20O mio Fernando Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Léonor
21Nel di della vittoria Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
22O sink hernieder (Love Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
23Mir ist so wunderbar Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.06

Type: quartetVoice: S S B TLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline/Leonore/Rocco/Jaquino
24Deh! per questo Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto
25Klänge der Heimat Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Rosalinde
26Ho jo to ho Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
27Printemps qui commence Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
28Chacun à son goût Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Orlofsky
29E amore un ladroncello Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.19

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella
30Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Octavian
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