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Ludwig, Christa

Works: 1,961 works in 5,267 publications in 8 languages and 47,215 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Television adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Musical settings  Operas  Juvenile works  Biography  Interviews  Film adaptations  Overtures 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Interviewee, Other, per, Vocalist, Commentator, l4, Artist, Conductor, Editor, Actor
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
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Most widely held works about Christa Ludwig
Most widely held works by Christa Ludwig
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( Recording )

133 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strauss's poignant fairy tale of 18th-century Vienna is brilliantly realized by a glittering cast under the musical direction of the great Karl Böhm, a friend and protégé of the composer. Vienna's own Leonie Rysanek is the beautiful and wise Marschallin, the woman who knows her affair with the impetuous Octavian (a superb Christa Ludwig) will not last forever. The enchanting Reri Grist sings Sophie, the girl who captures the young man's heart. Water Berry is appropriately loveable and boorish as Sophie's would-be fiancé, the rustic Baron Ochs, who becomes the victim of Octavian's elaborate joke. Nicolai Gedda is luxuriously cast as the Italian Singer
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Recording )

83 editions published between 1965 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's drama of overwhelming love and devastating loss has seldom been so vividly brought to life as with this all-star cast of great singing actors. The electrifying combination of Jon Vickers and Leonie Rysanek, as twins who fall in love, is legendary. Birgit Nilsson, the defining Brünnhilde of her generation, gives one of her most touching performances as the daughter of a god who cannot withstand the power of human love. With the great Christa Ludwig as Fricka, and Thomas Stewart's gripping portrayal of Wotan, the unraveling god, this is not to be missed
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner( Recording )

101 editions published between 1966 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tristan und Isolde: Handlung in drei Aufzügen
Fidelio op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven( Recording )

103 editions published between 1900 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The well loved team of Waltraud Meier and Placido Domingo join conductor Daniel Barenboim in a complete recording of Beethoven's intense and dramatic opera
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( Recording )

71 editions published between 1964 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soloists: Wiener Philharmoniker Georg Solti, con
Norma by Vincenzo Bellini( Recording )

77 editions published between 1951 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pollione, a Roman Proconsul, has two children by Norma, a Druid priestess, in the course of a long relationship. Norma isn't as young and beautiful as once she was. A temple virgin, Adalgisa, is young and beautiful. Pollione must have her. He has importuned the young virgin to run away with him to Rome, and she has finally agreed. When Norma learns of Pollione's faithlessness, she threatens to kill the two children. Before she can do this, the Druid temple priests apprehend Pollione as he attempts to abscond with their sacred virgin, Adalgisa. The priests build a pyre to burn Pollione to death. Norma relents. Instead of killing the children, she blames herself for her misery and climbs onto the pyre to die with Pollione
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner( Recording )

78 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This broadcast of Wagner's most romantic opera stars René Kollo as the knight of the Holy Grail who arrives in a boat pulled by a swan to defend the innocent Elsa, played by Pilar Lorengar. Mignon Dunn is the dark and malevolent Ortrud who poisons the couple's happiness, with some help from her husband, Telramund (Donald McIntyre). James Levine leads the Met orchestra, bringing out the shimmer and the thunder of the score, along with every shade of expression in between
Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler( Recording )

117 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Lied von der Erde: Sinfonie für Alt, Tenor und Orchester. Text: Hans Bethge. Bearbeitung für Kammerorchester von Arnold Schönberg und Rainer Riehn
Candide by Leonard Bernstein( Recording )

38 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A classic comic strip come to life. Directed by Harold Prince. Music composed by Bernstein, Lyrics composed by Richard Wilbur. Starring Lewis J. Stadlen with Mark Baker, Maureen Brennan, Sam Freed, June Gable, and Deborah St. Darr
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

53 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madama Butterfly concerns the disastrous results of a young American naval officer's marriage to a pretty geisha
Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

95 editions published between 1958 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two sisters whose fiancés have gone off to war (or so they pretend), a clever maid, a cynical old philosopher, and those same two fiancés in disguise--six characters is all it takes for Mozart and his librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, to explore both the fun and the heartbreak that love can lead to in this equally lighthearted and deeply human comedy. James Levine masterfully leads a stellar cast that includes Carol Vaness and Tatiana Troyanos as the sisters, Jerry Hadley and Thomas Hampson as their fiancés, Betsy Norden as Despina, and Richard Van Allen as Don Alfonso
Capriccio by Richard Strauss( Recording )

39 editions published between 1958 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kiri Te Kanawa gives an elegant and touching performance in one of her greatest roles, the wealthy and cultured young Countess Madeleine, who must choose between her two artist suitors: the composer Flamand (David Kuebler) and the poet Olivier (Simon Keenlyside). Jan-Hendrik Rootering is La Roche, the temperamental theater director whose troupe entertains the Countess. Wolfgang Brendel is her brother, the Count, and Kathryn Harries sings the actress Clairon. Andrew Davis conducts
St Matthew Passion : BWV. 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach( Recording )

30 editions published between 1962 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karl Munchinger
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner( Visual )

23 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first segment of the "Ring" cycle, Das Rheingold is concerned with a precious treasure -- the Rhinegold -- which, if made into a ring, would enable the wearer dominion over the world; however, whoever would steal the gold would have to renounce love
Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

41 editions published between 1960 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

18. Jahrhundert; Oper
Hänsel & Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck( Recording )

25 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Booklet articles. In German: Hänsel & Gretel, Hexenwald und Kinderparadies / Karl Dietrich Gräwe ; Inhalt -- In English: Hansel & Gretel, lessons for life / Bruno Bettelheim ; Hansel & Gretel, from fireside to footlights / Barrymore Laurence Scherer ; Synopsis -- In French: A propos d'Hansel et Gretel / Marcel Marnat -- In Italian: Hänsel e Gretel / Franco Soprano
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner( Recording )

29 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(1) FISCHER-DIESKAU, Dietrich (baritone). (1) LIGENDZA, Catarina (soprano). (1) LUDWIG, Christa (mezzo-soprano). (1) DOMINGO, Placido (tenor). (1) LAUBENTHAL, Horst R (tenor). (1) HERMANN, Roland (baritone). (1) BERLIN DEUTSCHE OPER CHORUS. (2) BERLIN DEUTSCHE OPER ORCHESTRA. (1) JOCHUM, Eugene (conductor)
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( Visual )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A staged performance of Wagner's opera
Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner( Recording )

42 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tannhäuser deals with the medieval Minnesinger of that name
Parsifal [ein Bühnenweihfestspiel] by Richard Wagner( Recording )

57 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hearing either Jon Vickers or Christa Ludwig, two of the most riveting singing actors of their time, in Parsifal would be cause for celebration. This recording presents both of these great artists in their only joint broadcast of Wagner's mystical opera, with James Levine bringing his own special magic to the occasion, making it indeed a Parsifal for the ages. Martti Talvela is an authoritative, compassionate Gurnemanz and Bernd Weikl a memorable Amfortas
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Berry, Christa 1928-

Deiber, Christa 1928-

A notable quartet : Janowitz, Ludwig, Gedda, Fischer-Dieskau : discographies