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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
91Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
92Di scrivermi ogni giorno Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.17

Type: quintetVoice: S Mz Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella/Guglielmo/Ferrando/Alfonso
93Va la vecchia pedante Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cherubino/Susanna
94Siegmund sieh auf mich Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Siegmund
95Je vais mourir Popularity:

Opera: Troyens, LesComposer: BerliozAct: 5.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Didon
96Bella vita militar! Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.29

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

Roles:
97Wie wie wie? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.07

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
98Madre pietosa Vergine Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
99Dieser Anstand so manierlich Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Rosalinde/Gabriel
100Einsam in trüben Tagen Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa
101Una macchia e qui tuttora Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Doctor/Lady-in-waiting
102Ich will nichts hören Popularity:

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct:

Type: duetVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elektra
103Si tu m'aimes, Carmen Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.13

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

Roles: Escamillo/Carmen
104Si colmi il calice Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
105Da geht er hin Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Marschallin
106Geliebter komm sieh dort die Grotte Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Venus
107Sgombra e la sacra selva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adalgisa
108Tu puniscimi o Signore Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Luisa
109Fortunato l'uom che prende Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.32

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

Roles:
110E nel tuo nel mio bicchiero Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.27

Type: trio,finaleVoice: S Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella/Ferrando
111Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
112Ah! taci ingiusto core Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.02-1

Type: trioVoice: B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Elvira
113Ah! du bist wieder da Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles:
114Oh! di qual sei tu vittima Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.23

Type: trioVoice: S T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Adalgisa
115Einst traumte meiner sel'gen Base Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 3.05

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Agathe
116Fatal mia donna Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Lady McB
117Wie du warst Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Octavian
118Signora Dorabella Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.23

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella/Despina
119Reverenza! Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Falstaff/Quickly
120Bisogna aver coraggio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.27

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Elvira/Ottavio/Anna/Leporello
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