The German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, considered one of the best voices in the lyric, has died at the age of 93 in Austria, his adopted homeland, reports this Sunday the Austrian public radio television ORF.
Ludwig was born in Berlin in 1928 and developed the first decade of his musical career in Germany, until being hired in 1955 by the Vienna State Opera of which he would continue to be a part for almost 40 years, until say goodbye to the stage in 1994.
The mezzo-soprano has performed with conductors and composers such as Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Otto Klemperer and Leonard Bernstein Throughout a career in which his peculiar voice timbre allowed him to tackle a wide range of repertoires and to embody the great heroines of Beethoven, Strauss, Verdi, Wagner and Berlioz.
Apart from Vienna, Ludwig was also a regular performer of great opera houses such as Bayreuth, Milan, London, New York and Chicago.
Among the dozens of awards received is the award for an entire musical career that he collected at the age of 81 in Oviedo during the gala of the Campoamor Theater Lyrical Awards.
The interpreter died on Saturday in Klosterneuburg, a municipality on the northern outskirts of Vienna, where he had resided for years, reports ORF, citing family sources.