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Christa Ludwig (Mezzo-Soprano)
Christa Ludwig (born March 16, 1928) is a German retired mezzo-soprano, distinguished for her performances of opera and Lieder. Her career spanned from the late 1940s until the early 1990s.
In addition to her opera performances, Ludwig regularly gave recitals of Lieder and as a soloist with orchestras. Her performances of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler and Strauss are much admired. She also sang Bach and performed and recorded most of his major vocal works.
Further Reading: Christa Ludwig
Katherine celebrates the great German mezzo's ninetieth birthday by picking out ten favourite recordings from her long and varied career.
Watch the great German mezzo's acceptance speech and a short video tribute from last week's ceremony.