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Ludwig, Christa

Works: 1,242 works in 4,789 publications in 9 languages and 50,351 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Live sound recordings  Music  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Historical films  Operas  History  Filmed operas  Film adaptations  Fiction 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Author, Other, Interviewee, per, Vocalist, Illustrator, l4, Musician, Editor, Commentator, Actor, Conductor
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 )

135 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,061 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
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner( Recording )

105 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,549 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
Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler( Recording )

148 editions published between 1965 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,515 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
Lohengrin by Richard Wagner( )

78 editions published between 1964 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,492 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
Fidelio op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven( Recording )

105 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,282 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 )

78 editions published between 1964 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En este final del "ciclo del Anillo" Wagner lleva la doble tragedia de Wotan y Siegfried. Brünnhilde declara que Wotan es todopoderoso y eterno. Con casco y armadura reluciente cabalga a través del aire que lleva una Siegfried resucitado de la mano. Siegfried se reconcilia con Wotan, y la sociedad se cura de sus males
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner( Recording )

80 editions published between 1965 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,184 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
Capriccio by Richard Strauss( Recording )

46 editions published between 1958 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,111 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
Candide by Voltaire( Recording )

43 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this witty political satire, a gentleman plagued by misfortune clings to the belief that all is for the best. Voltaire mocks the eternal optimist philosophy of his day that proclaimed human and natural disasters part of a larger cosmic plan
Norma by Vincenzo Bellini( Recording )

68 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 856 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
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

41 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madama Butterfly concerns the disastrous results of a young American naval officer's marriage to a pretty geisha
Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini( Visual )

66 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera, sung in Italian
Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Recording )

99 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 718 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
Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner( Recording )

59 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tannhäuser deals with the medieval Minnesinger of that name
Walküre Valkyrie by Richard Wagner( Visual )

36 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Second opera of Richard Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen with James Levine conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Stars Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman, Christa Ludwig, Gary Lakes, James Morris, Kurt Moll
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner( Recording )

34 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Master-Singers of Nuremberg): Overture performed by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra with Yevgeny Mravinsky conducting. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]
Hänsel & Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck( Recording )

26 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 562 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 Schöpfung by Joseph Haydn( Recording )

58 editions published between 1966 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Haydn gave birth to a new type of oratorio that reflected perfectly the spirit of his time. With German texts, direct expression of feelings and many grand choruses, it stood for the transition from the aristocracy to a bourgeois society, in which music-making in a group was seen as an expression of civil pride. Extremely popular with amateur choirs, performances with a large ensemble became the rule until well into the 20th century. And the 1960 Electrola recording represents this tradition, with a top-class trio of soloists consisting of the great Elisabeth Grummer, outstanding tenor Josef Traxel and Gottlob Frick, "the blackest of all bass singers"
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner( Recording )

43 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zum 200. Geburtstag von Richard Wagner erscheint bei GoyaLiT sein Meisterwerk "Der Ring des Nibelungen" als Ein-Mann-Hörspiel. Mit seinem Live-Hörspiel-Format Kaminski ON AIR inszeniert Stefan Kaminski das monumentale Meisterwerk um Macht, Liebe, Gier, Rache und die Abgründe der menschlichen Gesellschaft modern und klassisch zugleich. Voller Aberwitz und Komik, sogar Slapstick, dann wieder mit tiefer Tragik in zarten Momenten knapp über der Stille und herrlichem Pathos führt dieser Vierteiler ungebremst in die Apokalypse. Von Musikern begleitet schlüpft der Ausnahmesprecher selbst in alle Rollen, spricht Riesen und Zwerge, Frauen und Männer, Götter und Herrscher, Geliebte und außergewöhnliche Helden. Musik, Atmosphäre und Geräuschmaterial werden live gespielt und erzeugt. "Man sollte den Stoff am besten in groben Zügen kennen, dann nämlich hat man besonders viel Spaß an den Verfremdungen. Kaminskis Ring-Version hat viele parodistische Elemente, macht sich aber nie lustig. Und bei allen klanglichen Unterschieden: Textlich bleibt er nah bei Wagner, durchsetzt die Geschichte dazu mit einer gehörigen Portion Moderne - und mit Zitaten aus Shakespeares "Hamlet" oder Tolkiens "Herr der Ringe". Jeder der vier Teile klingt anders: Das sphärische Rheingold wird gefolgt von der erdig-dumpfen Walküre voller Tuba- und Cello-Klängen, während Siegfried an vielen Stellen wie ein 80er-Jahre-Neue-Deutsche-Welle-Pop-Musical daherkommt" (
Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

24 editions published between 1964 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mozart's magical fairy tale has enchanted and moved audiences for more than 200 years--which is easy to understand after hearing this broadcast, brilliantly conducted by James Levine. The handsome, stalwart prince Tamino (Francisco Araiza) must fight supernatural forces to rescue the beautiful princess (Kathleen Battle) with whom he has fallen in love--after seeing only her portrait. But Tamino is in a strange land and doesn't know whom he can trust, including Sarastro (Kurt Moll), the leader of a mysterious noble order
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Alternative Names
Berry, Christa.

Berry, Christa 1928-

Christa Ludwig artiste lyrique allemande

Christa Ludwig Duits zangeres

Christa Ludwig mezzosoprano tedesco

Christa Ludwig německá operní pěvkyně

Christa Ludwig Singer

Deiber, Christa.

Deiber, Christa 1928-

Lûdvig, Krista.

Ludwig, Ch.

Ludwigová, Ch.

Ludwigová, Christa.

Людвиг, Криста

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