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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
1Voici l'ordre, partez Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.13

Type: recitative,finaleVoice: B MzLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga/Carmen
2Dunque quello sei tu Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Elvira/Ottavio/Masetto
3Il padre tuo Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Wurm/Luisa
4Dort links geht's in die Stadt Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 3.02-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Marie
5Nichts lerntest du Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan/Fricka
6Der alte Sturm Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan/Fricka
7Seit er von dir geschieden Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Waltraute
8Geliebter komm sieh dort die Grotte Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Venus
9Che v'agita cosi? Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14-2

Type: trioVoice: cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo
10Re dell'abisso affrettati Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica
11O sink hernieder (Love Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
12Seid uns zum zweiten Mal willkommen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: trioVoice: tr cA MzLanguage: German

Roles: Three boys
13Hab mir's gelobt ihn lieb zu haben Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 3

Type: trioVoice: S Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin/Octavian/Sophie
14Die Zeit die ist ein sonderbar Ding Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin
15Heut oder Morgen Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin
16Da geht er hin Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin
17Auf wach auf mein Jüngelchen Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Witch/Hansel/Gretel
18Sein wir wieder gut Popularity:

Opera: Ariadne auf NaxosComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: The composer
19Dir töne Lob Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tannhäuser
20Zu hilfe zu hilfe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: quartetVoice: T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three ladies
21Vieni cara Susanna Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S S B-BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina/Figaro
22Quanto duolmi Susanna Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina/Cherubino
23Venite inginocchiatevi Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
24Ist ein Traum kann nicht wirklich sein Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Sophie/Octavian
25Reverenza! Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Falstaff/Quickly
26O susseste Wonne Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund/Sieglinde
27Raste nun hier Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund/Sieglinde
28Mud am Herd Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde/Hunding
29Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
30Du bist der Lenz Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde
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