Christa Ludwig at 89: I would never be a singer againmain
The magnificent mezzo shares some thoughts on her 89th birthday:
‘When Jon Vickers sang … I began to weep on the stage’
‘There is no such thing as the best: if you say today that Anna Netrebko, who has lots of promotion, is the best opera star in the world, this is not true.’
‘Maria Callas did not have a beautiful voice, but what she made of it, the interpretation – unbelievable!’
‘Ich würde nie wieder Sängerin werden.’
‘At my funeral I want Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt Abhanden gekommen. Sung by me, of course. But I’m not sure which recording.’
Many more happy birthdays, Christa Ludwig!
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The excellent interview is by Christian Berzins in the NZZ am Sonntag.