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Walther Ludwig (Tenor)

Born: March 17, 1902 - Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
Died: May 15, 1981 - Lahr, Germany

The German tenor, Walther [Walter] Ludwig, studied jurisprudence and medicine before deciding on a singing career. He studied voice at the University of Königsberg, where he made his debut in 1928.

From 1929 to 1932 Walther Ludwig sang at Schwerin, where he created in 1931 the title role in Friedemann Bach by Graener. From 1932 to 1935 he was the leading lyric tenor at the Berlin Stadtische Oper, being particularly admired as Belmonte and Tamino. He sang the same roles also at Glyndebourne in 1935 and Salzburg from 1948 to 1950. Guest appearances took him to Milan's La Scala, London's Covent Garden, Paris, Barcelona and the Vienna State Opera; likewise toured as a concert artist. He was best known for his Mozart roles. Other roles were Don Ottavio, Idomeneus, Loge and Wilhelm Meister.

From 1952 to 1969 Walther Ludwig was a professor at the (West) Berlin Hochschule für Musik. He also completed his medical studies in Berlin (M.D., 1971). He taught singing in Berlin from 1952 to 1969.

Source: Grove Music Website; Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2002)

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Herbert von Karajan

Tenor

BWV 232 [1st], BWV 244 [1st, Evangelist & Arias]

Bruno Kittel

Tenor

BWV 244 [2nd, Evanglist]

Fritz Lehmann

Tenor

BWV 189

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