Christa Ludwig (born March 16, 1928) is a German retired mezzo-soprano, distinguished for her performances of opera and Lieder. Events 597 BC - Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king Year 1928 ( MCMXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. Opera is an art form in which Singers and Musicians perform a Dramatic work (called an opera which combines a text (called a Libretto de Lied (plural de Lieder) (liːt plural) is a German word meaning literally " Song " among English speakers however the word Her career spanned from the late 1940s until the early 1990s.
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. Berlin is the capital city and one of sixteen states of Germany. WikipediaWikiProject Classical music#Biographical_infoboxes --> Herbert von Karajan ( April 5 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. Die Fledermaus ( The Bat; in French La chauve-souris) is an Operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German Libretto She was a member of the Darmstadt Oper from 1952 to 1954, then sang the 1954–1955 season at the Staatsoper Hannover. Year 1955 ( MCMLV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar) Staatsoper Hannover is an Opera house and Opera company in Hanover. 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. The Vienna State Opera ( Wiener Staatsoper) located in Vienna, Austria, is one of the most important Opera houses - and opera companies - in In 1954, Ludwig made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and appeared there regularly until 1981. The Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele is a prominent festival of Music and Drama. Le nozze di Figaro ossia la folle giornata (Trans The Marriage of Figaro or the Day of Madness) K Ludwig made her debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde at the Bayreuth Festival in 1966. Tristan und Isolde ( Tristan and Isolde, or Tristan and Isolda) is an Opera, or Music drama, in three acts by Richard Wagner The Bayreuth Festival is a music festival held annually in Bayreuth, Germany, at which performances of Operas by the 19th century German composer In 1960, she performed as Adalgisa alongside Maria Callas as Norma, in Bellini's opera by the same title. Norma is a tragedia lirica or Opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with Libretto by Felice Romani after Norma ossia Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini ( November 3, 1801 &ndash September 23, 1835) was a Sicilian Opera Composer
Ludwig made her American debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Dorabella in Così fan tutte in 1959. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the leading Opera companies in the United States. Così fan tutte ossia La scuola degli amanti ( Thus Do They All or The School For Lovers) K That same year, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in as Cherubino, and subsequently returned there regularly until 1990. The Metropolitan Opera Association of New York City, founded in April 1880 is a major presenter of all types of opera including Grand Opera. Ludwig first appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1969 as Amneris in Aida. WikipediaWikiProject Opera --> The Royal Opera House is an Opera house and major performing Covent Garden (Pronunciation kɒvʌnt is a district in London, England, located on the easternmost parts of the City of Westminster and the southwest This article is about the marketing term AIDA For other uses of the term see Aida (disambiguation.
As Ludwig's voice matured, she expanded her repertoire from lyric and spinto mezzo-roles to dramatic roles. Spinto (from Italian "pushed" is a vocal term used to characterize a Soprano or Tenor voice of a weight between lyric and dramatic 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. Carmen is a French Opéra comique by Georges Bizet. The Libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball, is an Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi with text by Antonio Somma. L'incoronazione di Poppea ( SV 308 The Coronation of Poppea) is an Opera seria in three acts by Claudio Monteverdi to an Italian Les Troyens (in English The Trojans) is a French Opera in five acts by Hector Berlioz. Parsifal is an Opera, or Music drama, in three acts by Richard Wagner. See Mourning Becomes Electra for a reference to the 1967 opera based on the 1931 Eugene O'Neill play Gottfried von Einem ( January 24, 1918 &ndash July 12, 1996) was an Austrian Composer. Carl Orff ( &ndash) was a 20th-century German Composer, most famous for Carmina Burana (1937 She also ventured briefly into the spinto and dramatic 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 (from Italian "pushed" is a vocal term used to characterize a Soprano or Tenor voice of a weight between lyric and dramatic This article is related to a series of articles under the main article Voice type. Macbeth is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, with an Italian Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and additions by Andrea Maffei Die Frau ohne Schatten ( The Woman without a Shadow) is an Opera in three acts by Richard Strauss with a Libretto by his Der Rosenkavalier ( op 59 ( The Knight of the Rose) is a comic Opera in three acts by Richard Strauss to an original Ludwig van Beethoven ( English ˈlʊdvɪg væn ˈbeɪtoʊvən, 16 December 1770 &ndash 26 March 1827 was a German Composer and Pianist. Fidelio (Op 72 is an Opera in two acts by Ludwig van Beethoven.
In addition to her opera performances, Ludwig regularly gave recitals of Lieder and as a soloist with orchestras. de Lied (plural de Lieder) (liːt plural) is a German word meaning literally " Song " among English speakers however the word Her performances of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler and Strauss are much admired. Robert Schumann, sometimes given as Robert Alexander Schumann (June 8 1810 &ndash July 29 1856 was a German Composer, Aesthete and influential Music critic Johannes Brahms ( pronounced ˈbʁaːms (May 7 1833 &ndash April 3 1897 was a German Composer Hugo Wolf (March 13 1860 – February 22 1903 was an Austrian Composer of Slovene origin particularly noted for his art songs or Lieder. Richard Georg Strauss (11 June 1864 &ndash 8 September 1949 was a German Composer of the late Romantic era and early modern era particularly noted She also sang Bach and performed and recorded most of his major vocal works. WikipediaWikiProject Composers#Lead section.2 This article is written in British English including maximised use of "-ise"
From 1957 to 1970, Ludwig was married to the bass-baritone Walter Berry; the couple performed together frequently, notably in Die Frau ohne Schatten. Walter Berry ( April 8, 1929 &ndash October 27, 2000) was an Austrian Bass-baritone. Die Frau ohne Schatten ( The Woman without a Shadow) is an Opera in three acts by Richard Strauss with a Libretto by his In 1972, she married the French stage-manager Paul-Emile Deiber.
In 1993–1994, Ludwig gave a series of farewell recitals in many cities and made her farewell appearance at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as Fricka in Die Walküre. Die Walküre ( The Valkyrie) is the second of the four Operas that comprise Der Ring des Nibelungen ( The Ring of the Nibelung
Ludwig's final live operatic performance was Klytemnestra in Elektra for the Vienna State Opera in 1994.
The same year, Ludwig published a memoir with Peter Csobádi. . There are 2 English translations of the book available.
Currently, Ludwig spends her time giving many Master Classes.
In times where personalities are thinly sown, we have first class, yes excellent, musical practitioners, 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