Sad news: Christa Ludwig has died, at 93 - Slipped DiscSlipped Disc | The inside track on classical music and related cultures, by Norman Lebrecht

Sad news: Christa Ludwig has died, at 93 – Slipped DiscSlipped Disc | The inside track on classical music and related cultures, by Norman Lebrecht

Sad news: Christa Ludwig has died, at 93

April 25, 2021

The magnificent German mezzo, one of the wonders of opera houses and recital halls in the mid-20th century, has died at a great age.

Making her debut in 1946, she sang for 30 seasons at the Vienna Opera and was a regular at the Met.

Although she was known for giving no ground in argument to conductors, Leonard Bernstein adored her, as did many others.

She was married for a dozen years to the bass-baritone Walter Berry. Later she married a Frenchman, Paul-Emile Deiber.

She spoke with great candour about her art and was, I think, the first to discuss openly the effect of the menstrual cycle on the singing voice.

May she rest in peace.

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