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The celebrated German opera singer, Christa Ludwig, has died at the age of 93.

The mezzo-soprano, who was born in Berlin, died at her home near the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Saturday, her family confirmed.

Ludwig made her debut in Frankfurt aged 18 just after the end of World War Two. She retired in 1994.

The singer was widely praised for the rich quality, range and amplitude of her voice.

Ludwig grew up in Aachen, western Germany, with parents who were both musical. Her father was a tenor and also conducted at the local opera