WorldCat Identities

Ludwig, Christa

Works: 233 works in 474 publications in 4 languages and 23,248 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Filmed operas  Live sound recordings  Music  Musical films  Television adaptations  Operas  Televised operas  Film adaptations  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, l4, Interviewee, per
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Christa Ludwig
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner( Recording )

8 editions published between 1965 and 1997 in German and No Linguistic content and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soloists: Wiener Philharmoniker Georg Solti, con
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Recording )

5 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in German and held by 754 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
Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler( Recording )

11 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in German and held by 736 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 )

3 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Candide: Musical Comedy in Two Acts. Book: Lillian Hellman and Richard Wilbur
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner( Recording )

6 editions published between 1972 and 2016 in German and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner's revolutionary score changed the world of music with its radical portrayal of an all-consuming passion that can only be fulfilled in death. The legendary Birgit Nilsson sings Isolde, one of her greatest roles, in her second Met season. Karl Liebl is Tristan, the man she loves--and the best friend of the man she is forced to marry. Jerome Hines is the sorrowful King Marke and Irene Dalis sings Isolde's stalwart companion, Brangäne
Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner( Recording )

4 editions published between 1972 and 2012 in German and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tannhäuser deals with the medieval Minnesinger of that name
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner( )

8 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in German and held by 598 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
Norma extraits by Vincenzo Bellini( )

5 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in Italian and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highlights from Bellini's Opera, Norma. Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Opera House, Milan, Tullio Serafin, Conductor. Maria Callas, soprano; Franco Corelli, tenor; Christa Ludwig, mezzo-soprano; Nicola Zaccaria, bass; Edda Vincenzi, soprano
Hänsel & Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck( Recording )

7 editions published between 1974 and 1999 in German and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When they are left in the woods by their parents, two children find their way home despite an encounter with a wicked witch
Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in Italian and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An American Naval officer marries a purchased Japanese wife, Butterfly. Tragedy unfolds as Butterfly remains faithful to her American husband
Norma by Vincenzo Bellini( Recording )

5 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in Italian and held by 433 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
St. Matthew passion by Johann Sebastian Bach( Recording )

28 editions published between 1962 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karl Munchinger
St Matthew Passion : BWV. 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach( Recording )

2 editions published in 1989 in German and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although Bach wrote four (or five) settings of the Passions only two have survived; the St. Matthew Passion (Matthäus-Passion) and the St John Passion. The St. Matthew Passion was probably first performed on Good Friday (11 April) 1727 in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where Bach was the Kantor of the School and Directoris Chori musici of Leipzig. He revised it by 1736, performing it again on 30 March 1736, this time including two organs in the instrumentation. He further revised and performed it again on 24 March 1742. Considered to be one of the greatest pieces of sacred music in Western music, it has been recorded many times, and this version, recorded in July 1964 has remained one of the reference recordings of the work, not least for the inclusion of Fritz Wunderlich as performer of the tenor arias, as well as the rest of the supreme vocal cast which includes Pears, Prey, Ameling and Krause. Booklet notes are by the producer of this recording, the great Ray Minshull, and full texts, together with a new English translation are included
Fidelio [Complete] by Ludwig van Beethoven( Recording )

6 editions published between 1962 and 2016 in German and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under James Levine's passionate direction, this all-star cast brings Beethoven's magnificent opera to blazing life. Karita Mattila is heartbreaking as Leonore, the wife desperate to find her imprisoned husband, Florestan (Ben Heppner), a victim of his political enemies headed by Don Pizzaro (Sergei Leiferkus). René Pape is Rocco, the good-hearted jailer who can't stand up to his boss but who wants to do the right thing
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

3 editions published in 1985 in Italian and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legendary Dimitri Mitropoulous conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in a 1955 performance of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera that sees Marian Anderson reprise her history making role of Ulrica
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in German and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Der Ring des Nibelungen, Siegmund's shattered sword is forged once again and kills the dragon that guards the ring. Filmed at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu, this production numbers among the greatest of modern times
Parsifal [ein Bühnenweihfestspiel] by Richard Wagner( Recording )

5 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in German and held by 347 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
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( Recording )

10 editions published between 1957 and 2010 in German and held by 341 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
Messa da Requiem Quattro pezzi sacri by Giuseppe Verdi( )

2 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in Latin and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano( Recording )

2 editions published in 1984 in Italian and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tale of the young poet and his tragic life and death during the French Revolution
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German (94)

Italian (18)

English (8)

Latin (2)