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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
1Abscheulicher wo eilst du hin Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.13-1

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Leonore
2Ach ich darf nicht hin zu dir Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.05

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: German

Roles: Adele/Rosalinde
3Ach Vater eilt Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.17

Type: recitativeVoice: S B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline/Rocco/Jaquino/Leonore
4Adalgisa alma costanza Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
5Ah! che tutta in un momento Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.35

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
6Ah! chi mi dice mai Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Leporello/Giovanni
7Ah! du bist wieder da Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles:
8Ah! guarda sorella Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
9Ah! l'ultima preghiera Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Luisa
10Ah! Luisa Luisa ove sei? Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Laura/Luisa
11Ah! non partite Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.29

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Alfonso/Fiordiligi
12Ah! scostati Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.22-1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella
13Ah! si fa core e abbracciami Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.20

Type: duetVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
14Ah! Signor son rea di morte Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.31

Type: quintet,finaleVoice: B T S S Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles:
15Ah! taci ingiusto core Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.02-1

Type: trioVoice: B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Elvira
16Alfin ho colto raggiante fior Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 2.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Falstaff/Alice
17Alice Meg Nannetta Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Meg/Quickly/Nannetta
18Alla bella Despinetta Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: sextetVoice: B Br T S Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Guglielmo/Ferrando/Despina/Dorabella/Fiordiligi
19Allein weh ganz allein Popularity:

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elektra
20Amici ancor cantiam Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.05-1

Type: choirVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
21Amour viens aider ma faiblesse Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
22Andate la che siete due Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: S S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Despina/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
23Andiam andiam bel paggio Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barbarina/Cherubino
24Angele Dei Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 1.15

Type: Voice: Br S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba/Gioconda/La Cieca
25Aprite presto aprite Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.11

Type: duetVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cherubino/Susanna
26Auf wach auf mein Jüngelchen Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Witch/Hansel/Gretel
27Barbara perche fuggi? Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Fiordiligi
28Basilio in traccia tosto di Figaro Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Susanna/Cherubino/Basilio
29Batti batti bel Masetto Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.22

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina
30Bella vita militar! Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.29

Type: quintet,choir,finaleVoice: B T S Mz S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles:
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