Christa Ludwig

Legends of Lyric Mezzo-soprano

Christa Ludwig
Legends of Lyric

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Christa Ludwig

The German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig (1928 -    ) triumphed at Lyric in roles for which she gained international renown (Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier), but also in two operas she sang very rarely, if at all, in other houses: Mefistofele (as Elena) and La forza del destino (as Preziosilla). A fixture for decades at the Vienna State Opera, she brought her lustrous, wide-ranging voice and exceptional acting talent to the Met and the Salzburg Festival, while also forging a spectacularly successful concert and recital career. 

Listen to Roger Pines's tribute to Christa Ludwig:




Christa Ludwig's Roles at Lyric



1959



Dorabella 
Così fan tutte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nov. 9, 11, 14


1960



Cherubino
Le nozze di Figaro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Oct. 26, 29, 31

Fricka 
Die Walküre
Richard Wagner
Nov. 21


1961



Elena
Mefistofele
Arrigo Boito
Oct. 21, 23, 27

Preziozilla 
La forza del destino
Giuseppe Verdi
Oct. 30; Nov. 4, 10

Dorabella 
Così fan tutte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nov. 1, 3


1970



The Marschallin 
Der Rosenkavalier
Richard Strauss
Sept. 25, 28; Oct. 2, 7, 10, 15


1973



The Marschallin 
Der Rosenkavalier
Richard Strauss
Nov. 23, 26, 30; Dec. 5, 8, 10



Christa Ludwig 2nd from right with Leopold Simoneau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Walter Berry.COSI FAN TUTTE.Lyric, 1959.photo Nancy Sorensen
Così fan tutte at Lyric, 1959: Christa Ludwig (second from right) with Léopold Simoneau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Walter Berry. Photo by Nancy Sorensen.

 

 

 


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