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Christa Ludwig

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Christa Ludwig was probably one of the most admired mezzo-sopranos of her era, with a broad repertoire of both lieder and opera. She brought an excellent feeling of musicianship in addition to play to her shows. Her assignments ranged from Dorabella in Così enthusiast Tutte to Brangane in Tristan und Isolde and Clytemnestra in Elektra, and she was the originator of the function of Claire in Gottfried von Einem’s Besuch der alten Dame. Her technique and higher register had been solid more than enough to allow her sing the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier as well as the Dyer’s Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten, parts nearly solely sung by sopranos — though she do retreat from programs to sing Isolde and Brunhilde. She was also a observed lieder performer, specifically of Mahler. Her parents (tenor Anton Ludwig, who afterwards became a stage movie director, and mezzo-soprano Eugenie Ludwig Besalla) had been both performers, and her initial vocal studies had been with her mom, who also trained her piano, flute, and cello. Her initial performances had been in 1954, at age 17, performing operatic arias she acquired learned from we were young in the movie theater. She produced her operatic debut as Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus in 1946, on the Frankfurt Condition Opera, where she was an associate of the business until 1952. She after that transferred to Darmstadt to review acting using the movie director Gustav Sellner. After 2 yrs, she and her mom (who was simply still teaching her) transferred to Hanover, where she begun to sing leading assignments such as for example Carmen, Ortrud, and Kundry. Her Salzburg debut is at 1954 as Cherubino, and accompanied by her 1955 debut within the same function on the Vienna Condition Opera, on the invitation of Karl Böhm, where she sang for a lot more than 30 years. In 1957, she sang with Elisabeth Schwartzkopf, who inspired her hubby Walter Legge, the well-known producer, to indication Ludwig with EMI information. Ludwig’s USA debut is at 1959 in Chicago, as Dorabella. In the 1970s, she experienced a vocal turmoil because of menopause, and she had taken a few of the most challenging assignments away from her repertoire and begun to provide more focus on songs. Once again she challenged the normal sights of repertoire, and sang materials, such as for example Winterreise, that’s most often connected with man voices, specifically baritones. Dealing with Leonard Bernstein, she created a special passion for Mahler (whose music Bernstein championed when Mahler was fairly obscure.) She was wedded to bass Walter Berry from 1957 until 1971, and their boy, Marc Berry, is definitely a popular music composer. She’s a wide documented legacy; one of the better of her materials is really a Das Lied von der Erde under Bernstein (Sony SMK 47589) along with a Brangane in Tristan und Isolde, with Vickers as Tristan and Dernesch as Isolde, under von Karajan (EMI CMS7 69319-2).

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Full Name Christa Ludwig
Profession Singer, Writer
Nationality German
Spouse Paul-Emile Deiber, Walter Berry
Awards Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs Atto II. "Mira, o Norma", Alt-Rhapsodie op. 53, Five Lieder to poems by Friedrich Rückert: I. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, Così fan tutte: Act II, Der Abschied, Così fan tutte: Act I, Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Aufzug III. "Ist ein Traum, kann nicht wirklich sein", Viene le sera, Kindertotenlieder: 1. Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgehn, Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Rheinlegendchen, Die Mainacht, Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt, Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Aufzug I. "Wie du warst! Wie du bist!", Atto I. "Perfido! ... Or basti!", Kindertotenlieder 3: Wenn dein Mütterlein, Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - 6. Der Abschied, Norma: Sgombra è la sacra selva, Rienzi: Gerechter Gott, so ist's entschieden schon, Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - 4. Von der Schönheit, Hans und Grethe, Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Aufzug I. "Du bist mein Bub', du bist mein Schatz!", Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123: Kyrie, Fidelio: Abscheulicher!, Così Fan Tutte, Atto I. "No, non tremare, o perfido!", An die Musik D547, Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen, Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Già il sole!, Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Aufzug II. "Was sie ist … mit ihren Augen voll Tränen", Five Lieder to poems by Friedrich Rückert: II. Liebst du um Schönheit, Schubert: Die Liebe D 210 "Klärchens Lied", Schubert: An den Mond, D. 296 - Füllest wieder Busch und Tal
Albums Das Lied von der Erde (New Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Otto Klemperer, mezzo-soprano: Christa Ludwig, tenor: Fritz Wunderlich), Der Rosenkavalier, I Puritani (Teatro alla Scala di Milano, feat. conductor: Tullio Serafin, singers: Callas, di Stefano, Panerai, Rossi-Lemeni), Madama Butterfly, Fidelio, Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Così fan tutte, Die Schöpfung, Wagner: Tannhäuser, Beethoven: Fidelio (Mono Version), Beethoven: Fidelio, Song Recital, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Wagner: Die Walkure, Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection", Schubert - 15 Lieder, Symphony No. 9 / Kindertotenlieder / Rückert-Lieder (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Herbert von Karajan and mezzo-soprano: Christa Ludwig), Messe in H-moll, Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection' (Classic FM: The Full Works), Johannes Passion (feat. conductor: Karl Richter), Die Walküre, Die ersten Aufnahmen – Die größten Welterfolge, Vol. 6, Der König der Klavierbegleiter, Vol. 7, Highlights from Der Rosenkavalier, Malher: Das Lied von des Erde, Symphonie KV 425 / Marsch KV 408 / Klavierkonzert KV 451 / Szene mit rondo, KV 505, Die ersten Aufnahmen – Die größten Welterfolge, Vol. 2, Das Rheingold (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra feat. conductor: James Levine), Winterreise (feat. mezzo-soprano: Christa Ludwig, piano: James Levine), Die ersten Aufnahmen – Die größten Welterfolge, Vol. 7, Die ersten Aufnahmen – Die größten Welterfolge, Vol. 3, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Die ersten Aufnahmen – Die größten Welterfolge, Vol. 1, Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder & Liebestod - Brahms: Alto Rhapsody (Mono Version), Der König der Klavierbegleiter, Vol. 6, Die ersten Aufnahmen – Die größten Welterfolge, Vol. 9, Christa Ludwig - Meine Dirigenten, Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder & Liebestod - Brahms: Rhapsodie (Stereo Version), Symphony no. 9 in D minor, op. 125 "Choral", Schubert: Lieder, Bach: St. John Passion, Christa Ludwig, Die ersten Aufnahmen – Die größten Welterfolge, Vol. 5, Die ersten Aufnahmen – Die größten Welterfolge, Vol. 8, Strauss: Elektra (1953), Volume 2, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 (Stereo Version), Die ersten Aufnahmen – Die größten Welterfolge, Vol. 4, A 70th Birthday Tribute, Die ersten Aufnahmen – Die größten Welterfolge, Vol. 10, Mahler: Symphony No.6 in A minor; Rückert-Lieder; Kindertotenlieder
Movies Leonard Bernstein: Candide, Madama Butterfly, World Singers, Leonard Bernstein: The Little Drummer Boy, Herbert Von Karajan: Verdi: Falstaff, Classic Archive: Great Voices of the Golden Age, Herbert Von Karajan 1908-1989: A Portrait, Christa Ludwig: The Birthday Edition


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Die wilden Lüste meiner Schulfreundinnen 1984 Video Bärbel
Süße Teens in heißen Jeans 1981 Video Bärbel
Intime Stunden auf der Schulbank 1981 Petra
Drei Dirndl in Paris 1981 Babsi (as Marina Randel)
Der Sexbaron von St. Pauli 1980 Lorenza

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