18.11.10

CHRISTA LUDWIG

When Christa Ludwig talks about
music and singing, one could listen
endlessly, since she speaks so openly
and without any vanity about the difficult
profession of singing. As she points out, it is a
very stressful job that constantly forces singers
to forego other things. It should be fascinating
to hear what Christa Ludwig has to say to the
young singers participating in her public
master class on August 12 at 3:00 pm at the
University’s Main Auditorium. The event is
part of the Young Singers Project – A cultural
engagement of Credit Suisse.
The basic prerequisite for a great career as a
singer is not just to produce beautiful notes, the
daughter of a singer and a singing teacher
emphasizes. “My mother always said: you have
to be like a dry bathing sponge and absorb all
the good influences.” The most important
things in music are not written in the score:
“Just producing notes is terribly boring.” She
herself only felt like a mature musician when
she was 40.
Christa Ludwig points out that the youngest
generation of singers has a hard time: “There
are so many singers today!” Christa Ludwig
does not teach regularly. However, as she herself
says, she takes singers under her wing occasionally.
The YSP master class is a rare opportunity
to witness Christa Ludwig as a pedagogue:
“When a singer comes to me and wants to
know something, I help him. But I do not
teach. That is too strenuous for me, I am too
old,” she says with a laugh, “no, I want to enjoy
my life now!”
The final concert of the Young Singers Project
takes place on August 26 at 6:00 pm at the
Mozarteum.
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