Christa Ludwig

The German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig (1928 – 2021) 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.  

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Christa Ludwig's roles at Lyric

Main photo: Christa Ludwig as The Marschallin in Act III of Der Rosenkavalier, 1970. Photo by David H. Fishman.