German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig will be the guest of honor at MIDEM Classique and Jazz 2008, held in Cannes Jan. 27-31.

Ludwig will celebrate her 80th birthday as honorary patron of the 42nd MIDEM, where she will appear alongside French philosopher and music writer Andre Tubeuf on Jan. 30.

She will also attend the MIDEM classical concerts and is guest of honor at the MIDEM Classical Awards ceremony, where she will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

EMI Classics will release a special box set of Christa Ludwig's recordings in spring 2008.

Ludwig gave her farewell tour in 1993 and 1994, following a career in which she performed with Otto Klemperer, Leonard Bernstein and Maria Callas.