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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
1Gloire à Dagon Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: High Priest/Dalila
2Ne plus chanter! Popularity:

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

Type: sceneVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Hoffmann/Antonia
3Tu ne chanteras plus? Popularity:

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

Type: trioVoice: S SLanguage: French

Roles: Antonia/Mother
4La commedia e graziosa Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.14

Type: recitativeVoice: B T S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Ferrando/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
5Vedi la nel canal morto Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.15

Type: Voice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Enzo
6Nichts lerntest du Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan/Fricka
7Dunque quello sei tu Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Elvira/Ottavio/Masetto
8Schlimm furcht ich Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Wotan
9Mud am Herd Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde/Hunding
10So schnell hat sie ihn gar so lieb Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct:

Type: Voice: S S MzLanguage: German

Roles:
11Vien qua che chiasso! Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nannetta/Fenton/Caius/Ford/Pistola
12Guten Tag Marzelline Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco/Marzelline/Jaquino
13Wohlan 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
14Ah! non partite Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.29

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Alfonso/Fiordiligi
15Amici ancor cantiam Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.05-1

Type: choirVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
16Stelle per carita Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
17Come in un giorno solo Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.01

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Laura/Luisa
18Ah! Luisa Luisa ove sei? Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Laura/Luisa
19Ah! Signor son rea di morte Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.31

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

Roles:
20Nossignore! tu indossa Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S T S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Alice/Fenton/Nannetta/Quickly
21Heut oder Morgen Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin
22Egli scavalca le siepi del giardino Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 2.11-2

Type: recitativeVoice: cA Br Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Quickly/Ford/Falstaff/Alice
23Maledizion ha preso il vol Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba/Gioconda/Enzo
24Ora vedo che siete una donna Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.18-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Despina/Dorabella/Fiordiligi
25Luisa non temer Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Miller/Luisa
26Vespa rospo maledetto! Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Goro/Suzuki/Cio-Cio
27Voici l'ordre, partez Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.13

Type: recitative,finaleVoice: B MzLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga/Carmen
28Bleib stehn bleib stehn Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 3.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Hansel/Gretel
29Auf wach auf mein Jüngelchen Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Witch/Hansel/Gretel
30Ah! si fa core e abbracciami Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.20

Type: duetVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
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