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Christa Ludwig (Berlin, March 16, 1928) is considered the highest German mezzo-soprano of the second half of the twentieth century known for its interpretations of opera and lied. His career spanned from the late 1940s to the early 1990s.
He was born in a Berlin musical family; his father, Anton Ludwig, was a tenor and opera administrator; his mother, the mezzo-soprano Eugenie Besalla-Ludwig, sang with the Aachen Opera during the period in which Herbert von Karajan directed it. She was her first singing teacher.
Ludwig debuted in 1946, at 18, in the role of Orlovsky in Frankfurt, where he sang until 1952.
Then he sang with the Opera of Darmstadt (1952 – 1954), the Hannover Opera (1954 – 1955), and the Vienna State Opera, where he became one of the leading artists. In 1962 she was named Kammersängerin and remained in the cast for more than thirty years.
In 1954 he debuted at the Salzburg Festival as Cherubino, and continued to participate until 1981.
In 1966 he debuted at the Bayreuth Festival, as Brangäne directed by his mentor Karl Böhm with the great Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson.
He debuted in North America with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1959, as Dorabella, and then at the Metropolitan Opera where he performed regularly until 1990.
In 1964 she debuted at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as Judith de Bartok and as Ortrud in Lohengrin with Victoria de los Ángeles. In 1969 at the Royal Opera House, as Amneris.
She was decorated with the Legion of honor of the French government.
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