Christa Ludwig: ‘I took 8 Valium before Fidelio’

Christa Ludwig: ‘I took 8 Valium before Fidelio’


norman lebrecht

March 14, 2018

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


  • Caravaggio says:

    That explains why her Leonore/Fidelio came across as smooth

    • Alexander Hall says:

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

    • 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)

  • Melisande says:

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

  • Maria says:

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