SCHUBERT, F.: Winterreise (Ludwig)

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Schubert, Franz - Composer
Winterreise, D. 911

Date of Concert: 1994
Playing Time: 01:55:58
Television Director: Sanchez-Lansch, Enrique
Catalogue Number: 102147
UPC: 807280214796

Christa Ludwig is acknowledged as one of the twentieth century's most explorative and complete vocal artists. Her professional singing career spanned five decades and, as a star of the international operatice stage, she made roles as diverse as Rosina, Dorabella, Cherubino, Leonore, Amneris, Eboli, Kundry, Ortrud, Clytemnestra and the Marschallin her own, excelling soprano, mezzo and coloratura mezzo repertoire. She also established her reputation as afine lieder singer.

The intimate auditorium of the magnificent neo-baroque Volkstheater in Vienna was packed with a discerning and enthusiastic audience when Christa Ludwig gave a master class there.

The young singers who took part - Valrij Serkin (tenor), Stella Grigorian (mezzo) and Marcus Pelz (baritone) - were all studying at an advanced level, with their sights set on finding success as professionals on the operatic stage. Christa Ludwig focused the time she spent with each singer on helping them find the dramatic truth expressed in the aria of their choice and advising on how they could communicate this in their interpretation. With her guidance, their characterisations are seen to take on a new depth in just a short space of time.

The master class focuses on Mozart and concludes with a performance extract featuring the young Christa Ludwig as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte (1970).

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