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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
1Zu hilfe zu hilfe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: quartetVoice: T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three ladies
2Wohlan so helfet, helft den Armen Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.12

Type: sextetVoice: B B B-Br S S TLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco/Fernando/Pizarro/Leonore/Marzelline/Florestan
3Wie wie wie? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.07

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
4Wie stark du bist Popularity:

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elektra
5Wie fremd und tot ist alles umher Popularity:

Opera: Verkaufte Braut, DieComposer: SmetanaAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marenka
6Wie du warst Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Octavian
7Wer ein holdes Weib errungen Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.13

Type: duet,choir,finaleVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Florestan/Leonore
8Weiche Wotan weiche Popularity:

Opera: Rheingold, DasComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: German

Roles: Erda
9Weh! Ach Wehe! Dies Zu Dulden! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.06

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
10Weh ach wehe dies zu dulden Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.18

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
11Was willst du fremder Mensch? Popularity:

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct:

Type: Voice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles:
12Voici l'ordre, partez Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.13

Type: recitative,finaleVoice: B MzLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga/Carmen
13Voici ce qu'il écrit a son frere Pelleas Popularity:

Opera: Pelléas et MelisandeComposer: DebussyAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: French

Roles: Geneviève
14Voi siete demente Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Lady McB
15Voi che sapete Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cherubino
16Vieni t'affretta Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
17Vieni cara Susanna Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S S B-BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina/Figaro
18Viene la sera Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
19Vien qua che chiasso! Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nannetta/Fenton/Caius/Ford/Pistola
20Vien la Duchessa Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.09

Type: recitativeVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Walter/Federica
21Vespa rospo maledetto! Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Goro/Suzuki/Cio-Cio
22Venite pur avanti Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.28-3

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Anna/Elvira/Ottavio
23Venite inginocchiatevi Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
24Vegliammo invan due notti Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Doctor/Lady-in-waiting
25Vedi la nel canal morto Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.15

Type: Voice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Enzo
26Vater! Mutter! Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 3.13-1

Type: quartet,finaleVoice: Mz S Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Hansel/Gretel/Peter/Gertrud
27Vanne si mi lascia indegno Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.27

Type: trioVoice: S T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Adalgisa
28Va la vecchia pedante Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cherubino/Susanna
29Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
30V'adoro pupille Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.03

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra/Cesare/Nireno
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