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Christa Ludwig (born March 16, 1928) is a distinguished German mezzo-soprano, known both for her opera performances and her singing of Lieder. Her career spanned from the late 1940s until the early 1990s. German opera singer Christa Ludwig Source: http://www. ... German opera singer Christa Ludwig Source: http://www. ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (76th in leap years). ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... A mezzo-soprano (meaning medium soprano in Italian) is a female singer with a range usually extending from the A below middle C to the F an eleventh above middle C. Mezzo-sopranos generally have a darker (or lower) vocal tone than sopranos, and their vocal range is between that... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... Lied (plural Lieder) is a German word, literally meaning song; among English speakers, however, it is used primarily as a term for European classical music songs, also known as art songs. Typically, Lieder are arranged for a single singer and piano. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...

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 the Aachen Opera during Herbert von Karajan's period as conductor. Ludwig's first voice teacher was her mother. Location of Berlin within Germany / EU Coordinates Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Administration Country NUTS Region DE3 City subdivisions 12 boroughs Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit (SPD) Governing parties SPD / Left. ... Herbert von Karajan (April 5, 1908 – July 16, 1989) was an Austrian conductor. ...

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 Oper 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 debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde at the Bayreuth Festival in 1966. 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Scene from the 1984 version. ... For other uses, see Frankfurt (disambiguation). ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Staatsoper Hannover is an opera house and opera company in Hannover. ... Vienna State Opera (German: Wiener Staatsoper), located in Vienna, Austria, is one of the most important opera companies in Europe. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele) is a prominent festival of music and drama. ... Le Nozze di Figaro, is a comic opera composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, based on a stage comedy by Beaumarchais. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tristan und Isolde (Tristan and Isolde) is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner to a German libretto by the composer, based largely on the romance by Gottfried von Strassburg, which in turn was based on the story of Tristan and Iseult as told in French by Thomas of... Bayreuth Festspielhaus, as seen in 1882 The annual Bayreuth Festival in Bayreuth, Germany is devoted principally (but not exclusively) to performances of operas by the 19th century German composer Richard Wagner. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ...

Ludwig made her American debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Dorabella in Così fan tutte in 1959. That same year, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in as Cherubino, and subsequently returned there regularly until 1990. Ludwig first appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1969 as Amneris in Aida. Exterior of the Civic Opera House Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. ... Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti, K. 588, is an opera buffa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Józef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... The Floral Hall of the Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is a performing arts venue in London. ... Covent Garden is a district in central London and within the easterly bounds of the City of Westminster. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... AIDA is an acronym used in marketing that describes a common list of events that are very often undergone when a person is selling a product or service: A - Attention (Awareness): attract the attention of the customer. ...

As Ludwig's voice matured, she expanded her repertoire from lyric and spinto mezzo-roles to dramatic roles. Her vast repertory eventually grew to encompass Carmen, Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera), Monteverdi's Octavia (L'Incoronazione di Poppea), Dido (Les Troyens), Kundry (Parsifal), Klytemnestra (Elektra) and contemporary roles by von Einem and Orff. She also ventured briefly into the soprano repertory with performances of Verdi's Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Strauss's Dyer's Wife (Die Frau ohne Schatten), the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier and Beethoven's Leonore (Fidelio) . Spinto is a vocal term used to characterize a soprano or tenor voice of a weight between lyric and dramatic that is capable of handling large dramatic climaxes at moderate intervals. ... Poster from the 1875 premiere of Carmen Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet. ... Un ballo in maschera, or A Masked Ball, is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi with text by Antonio Somma. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... Lincoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea) is an opera seria in three acts by Claudio Monteverdi to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello, based on historical incidents described in the Annals of Tacitus. ... Cover of the score of La prise de Troie, the first two acts of Les Troyens. ... Parsifal is a music drama in three acts by Richard Wagner. ... Elektra is a one-act opera by Richard Strauss, to a German-language libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal adapted from his drama of 1903—the first of many such collaborations between composer and librettist. ... Gottfried von Einem (1918–) was an Austrian composer living in Germany. ... Carl Orff (July 10, 1895 – March 29, 1982) was a German composer, most famous for Carmina Burana (1937). ... Look up soprano in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Giuseppe Verdi Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (either October 9 or 10, 1813 – January 27, 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. ... For other uses, see Macbeth (disambiguation). ... Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow) is an opera in three acts by Richard Strauss with a libretto by his long-time collaborator, the poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal. ... Der Rosenkavalier (The Cavalier of the Rose) is a comic opera in three acts by Richard Strauss to an original German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. ... portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820 Ludwig van Beethoven (IPA: ), (baptised December 17, 1770[1] – March 26, 1827) was a German composer. ... Fidelio (Op. ...

In addition to her opera performances, Ludwig regularly gave recitals of Lieder and as a solist with orchestras. Her performances of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler and Strauss are much admired. She also sang Bach and performed and recorded most of his major vocal works. Lied (plural Lieder) is a German word, literally meaning song; among English speakers, however, it is used primarily as a term for European classical music songs, also known as art songs. ... Franz Schubert Franz Peter Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828) was an Austrian composer. ... For others with the same name see Robert Schumann (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Photograph of Hugo Wolf Hugo Wolf (March 13, 1860 – February 22, 1903) was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin, particularly noted for his art songs, or Lieder. ... This article cites its sources but does not provide page references. ... This article is about the German composer of tone-poems and operas. ... Bach in a 1748 portrait by Haussmann Places in which Bach resided throughout his life Johann Sebastian Bach (pronounced ) (21 March 1685 O.S. – 28 July 1750 N.S.) was a prolific German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra and solo instruments drew together the...

From 1957 to 1970, Ludwig was married to the bass-baritone Walter Berry; the couple performed together frequently. In 1972, she married the French stage-manager Jean-Emile Deiber. 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Walter Berry ( April 8, 1929 – October 27, 2000) was an Austrian bass-baritone. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...

In 19931994, Ludwig gave a series of farewell recitals in many cities and made her farewell appearance at the Met singing Fricka in Die Walküre. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) is the second of the four operas that comprise Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), by Richard Wagner. ...

In 1994, Ludwig published a memoir with Peter Csobádi. [1]. There are 2 English translations of the book available.


  1. ^ Ludwig, Christa; Csobádi, Peter (1994). ...und ich wäre so gern Primadonna gewesen: Erinnerungen. Berlin : Henschel. ISBN 3-89487-191-1. 

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  • "In times where personalities are thinly sown, we have first class, yes excellent, musical practioners, who lack intuition, imagination, and a feeling for composers, who, even though they lived in the past, can speak to us about today. Courage is needed to reveal one's own feelings in interpretation and not tell the audience with raised forefinger: "The composer wanted it like this, and no other way." But at the same time we singers must never forget that we are only the servants of the great minds who created all the wonderful pieces of music we enjoy today." - In My Own Voice (P.119) translated by Regina Domeraski



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