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Christa Ludwig: ‘I took 8 Valium before Fidelio’

March 14, 2018 by norman lebrecht

6 comments.


The diva, who will be 90 on Friday, talks about Karl Böhm and stage fright.


Comments (6)

  1. Caravaggio says:

    That explains why her Leonore/Fidelio came across as smooth

    1. Alexander Hall says:

      She says in the interview that the eight valium tablets neither hindered nor helped her. So:status in quo.

    2. Bruce says:

      ^ Because once you’ve taken 8 Valium, you are a perfect judge of what’s going on…

      (Actually she probably heard the recording and could tell from that)

  2. Melisande says:

    In der unter Drogen gesetzte Beschränkung zeigt sich erst die Meisterin.
    But … also for sure without!!

  3. Maria says:

    It was common knowledge that many singers have taken valium and some kind of performance enhancing drugs, or just plain drinking.

    1. John Borstlap says:

      Also composers have stage fright, and freeze in front of their desk.


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