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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
1Je vais mourir Popularity:

Opera: Troyens, LesComposer: BerliozAct: 5.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Didon
2Madre non dormi? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
3Ella e morta Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.08

Type: choir,duetVoice: Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Lady-in-waiting
4Una macchia e qui tuttora Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Doctor/Lady-in-waiting
5Vegliammo invan due notti Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Doctor/Lady-in-waiting
6Tu ne chanteras plus? Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 4.05

Type: trioVoice: S SLanguage: French

Roles: Antonia/Mother
7Ne plus chanter! Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 4.04-2

Type: sceneVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Hoffmann/Antonia
8Che bosco e quello Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04?

Type: ensembleVoice: B Br S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles:
9D'amor sull'ali rosee Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
10Suicidio in questi fieri momenti Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda
11Mild und leise wie er lächelt Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.18-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
12Tristan Geliebter! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.14

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
13C'est toi C'est moi Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.14

Type: duet,choirVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
14Vater! Mutter! Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 3.13-1

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

Roles: Hansel/Gretel/Peter/Gertrud
15Si tu m'aimes, Carmen Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.13

Type: duet,choirVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo/Carmen
16Erlöst befreit Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 3.11-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Gretel/Hansel
17Auf wach auf mein Jüngelchen Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Witch/Hansel/Gretel
18Padre ricevi l'estremo addio Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: trio,finaleVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Luisa/Rodolfo/Miller/Walter
19Andiam andiam bel paggio Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barbarina/Cherubino
20Quai grida intesi Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Miller/Rodolfo/Luisa
21Ich stehe voll Zagen Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T T SLanguage: German

Roles: Gabriel/Alfred/Rosalinde
22Hola! hola! Jose! Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.07

Type: quartetVoice: Mz B-Br Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/Escamillo/Dancaïre/Remendado
23Nossignore! tu indossa Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S T S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Fenton/Nannetta/Quickly
24Ah! l'ultima preghiera Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Luisa
25Amici ancor cantiam Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.05-1

Type: choirVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
26Einst traumte meiner sel'gen Base Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 3.05

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Agathe
27O mio Fernando Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Léonor
28Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Adele
29Ora di morte e di vendetta Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Macbeth
30Gloire à Dagon Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 3.03-3

Type: duetVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: High Priest/Dalila
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