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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
31Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Octavian
32Deh! non volerli vittime Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
33Venite inginocchiatevi Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
34Hm! hm! hm! hm! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
35Fliegt heim ihr Raben Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde
36Nur stille! stille! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.32

Type: quintetVoice: T S S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Queen/Three ladies
37Si colmi il calice Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
38La luce langue Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
39Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Adele
40Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
41Ah! che tutta in un momento Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.35

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
42Per pieta ben mio perdona Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi
43Re dell'abisso affrettati Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica
44Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
45Weiche Wotan weiche Popularity:

Opera: Rheingold, DasComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: German

Roles: Erda
46Prendero quel brunettino Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
47Einsam in trüben Tagen Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa
48Il core vi dono Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.09

Type: duetVoice: Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella/Guglielmo
49Sein wir wieder gut Popularity:

Opera: Ariadne auf NaxosComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: The composer
50Una macchia e qui tuttora Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Doctor/Lady-in-waiting
51Una nave da guerra Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: Voice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles:
52Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Orlofsky
53Oh! rimembranza Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.19-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
54Abscheulicher wo eilst du hin Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.13-1

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Leonore
55Melons! coupons! (Card Trio) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.03

Type: trioVoice: S Mz MzLanguage: French

Roles: Frasquita/Mercédès/Carmen
56Bruderlein und Schwesterlein Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.14

Type: septet,ensembleVoice: Br T S Mz S S BrLanguage: German

Roles: Falke/Gabriel/Rosalinde/Orlofsky/Adele/Ida/Frank
57Allein weh ganz allein Popularity:

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elektra
58Aprite presto aprite Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.11

Type: duetVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cherubino/Susanna
59Zu hilfe zu hilfe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: quartetVoice: T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three ladies
60Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
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