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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
1Ombra mai fu Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
2Je vais mourir Popularity:

Opera: Troyens, LesComposer: BerliozAct: 5.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Didon
3En vain, pour éviter Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles:
4Amour viens aider ma faiblesse Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
5Carmen! sur tes pas nous nous pressons tous Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.08

Type: duet,choirVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: José/Micaëla
6Gloire à Dagon Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: High Priest/Dalila
7L'ora fatal s'appressa Popularity:

Opera: Assedio di CorintoComposer: RossiniAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles:
8Nous avons en tete une affaire Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.05

Type: quintetVoice: Br Mz S T MzLanguage: French

Roles: Dancaïre/Mercédès/Frasquita/Remendado/Carmen
9Hola! hola! Jose! Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.07

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

Roles: Carmen/Escamillo/Dancaïre/Remendado
10Voici ce qu'il écrit a son frere Pelleas Popularity:

Opera: Pelléas et MelisandeComposer: DebussyAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: French

Roles: Geneviève
11Pres des remparts de Seville (Seguidilla) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
12Melons! coupons! (Card Trio) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.03

Type: trioVoice: S Mz MzLanguage: French

Roles: Frasquita/Mercédès/Carmen
13C'est toi C'est moi Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.14

Type: duet,choirVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/José
14Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
15Voici l'ordre, partez Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.13

Type: recitative,finaleVoice: B MzLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga/Carmen
16Ne plus chanter! Popularity:

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

Type: sceneVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Hoffmann/Antonia
17Si tu m'aimes, Carmen Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.13

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

Roles: Escamillo/Carmen
18Je viens celebrer la victoire Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T Mz BrLanguage: French

Roles: Samson/Dalila/High Priest
19Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy Song) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/Frasquita/Mercédès
20Il faut pour assouvir ma haine Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: High Priest/Dalila
21Printemps qui commence Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
22Tu ne chanteras plus? Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: S SLanguage: French

Roles: Antonia/Mother
23L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen
24Selig wie die Sonne Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: quintetVoice: S B-Br T T MzLanguage: German

Roles: Eva/Sachs/Walther/David/Magdalena
25Was willst du fremder Mensch? Popularity:

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct:

Type: Voice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles:
26Hm! hm! hm! hm! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
27Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Octavian
28Dort links geht's in die Stadt Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 3.02-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Marie
29Dieser Anstand so manierlich Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Rosalinde/Gabriel
30Weh ach wehe dies zu dulden Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.18

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
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