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Gruberova Edita

She began her studies with Maria Medvecká in Prague, continuing later with Ruthilde Boesch in Vienna. In 1968 she made her debut at the opera house of Bratislava as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. From 1969 to 1971 she was engaged in Banská Bystrica. In 1970 she attracted considerable attention with a guest appearance as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at the Vienna Staatsoper. An invitation to join the company followed in 1972, and she enjoyed a long, distinguished career in that house. She was officially named Honored Member of the Vienna Opera. She also enjoyed great successes at the Salzburg Festival. Here she sang Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1975), the page Tebaldo in Verdi's Don Carlo (1976-78), Zerbinetta (1979-82), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (1990) and in Stefano Landi's Il Sant Alessio (1977-78), in addition to numerous concert appearances and song recitals. In Vienna she was particularly admired as a specialist in the difficult bel-canto challenges of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Her world-wide fame can be traced to her first sensational appearance as Zerbinetta in 1976. Guest engagements in Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich (where, among other roles, she sang Massenet's Manon), and at the Glyndebourne Festival (Queen of the Night, 1973) confirmed her place among the finest coloratura sopranos of her generation. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1977 as the Queen of the Night, and returned later as Zerbinetta, Lucia di Lammermoor and in 1991 as Elvira in Bellini's I puritani. Her debut role at La Scala was Konstanze with great successes in 1984 and Donna Anna in 1990. At Covent Garden she was heard in 1984 as Giulietta in Bellini's Capuletti ed I Montecchi, among other roles, adding Giunia in Mozart's Lucio Silla in 1991. She was celebrated as Elvira in I puritani at the Bregenz Festival of 1986. That same year found her enjoying success as Lucia in Chicago, then in 1987 at the Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona and in 1993 in Munich. She had an on-going guest-contract with the Zurich Opera, where she sang such roles as Marie in La Fille du Régiment (1984), Lucia (1990), and the protagonists of Semiramide (1992) and Linda di Chamounix (1995). She sang Violetta at the Versailles Festival of 1988, Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux at the Liceo of Barcelona in 1990. In 1992 she added Anna Bolena at La Fenice, where she was also heard in Traviata. She enjoyed a triumph in recital in Osaka in 1990. In 1992 one could encounter her as Beatrice di Tenda of Bellini, and in 1995 she brought her Anna Bolena to Munich. In 1996 it was Elvira at the San Carlos of Lisbon. In 1993 an Edita Gruberova Festival was held in her honor in Japan. She also appeared in opera films (Così fan Tutte, Rigoletto, Hänsel und Gretel, Ariadne auf Naxos, Arabella). In addition to her great career on the stage, she maintained a second with no less success singing concerts, oratorios and recitals. One of her greatest successes was a song recital in Paris in 1988. With a perfectly schooled technique that allows easy brilliance in the highest coloratura flights, she conquered the standard challenges of her repertory: Lucia, Konstanze, Queen of the Night, Gilda, Violetta. She was especially admired, however, in the demanding bel-canto operas of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. She is also a great concert singer and Lied interpreter. She was married to the Czech musicologist Stefan Klimo (died in 1983). She now shares her life with the conductor and pianist Friedrich Haider, and lives with him in Switzerland. Book: N. Rishol: Edita Gruberova Ein Portrait (Vienna and Zurich, 1996). Recordings: Supraphon. HMV-Electrola (Don Carlo, Zauberflöte, Capuletti ed i Montecchi, Orfeo ed Euridice, Lucia), Decca (Paer's Leonore, Idomeneo, Der Schauspieldirektor, Zauberflöte, Rigoletto, Ariadne), Eurodisc (Entführung, Mozart's Mitridate, Les contes d'Hoffmann), Phillips (Rigoletto, Ariadne, Die Fledermaus, Maria Stuarda, Mitridate, Hänsel und Gretel), Orfeo, HRE (Lucia), Nightingale (Linda di Chamounix, Anna Bolena, La Fille du Régiment, Roberto Devereux, Puritani), Barclay (Zauberflöte), Teldec-Video (Traviata), Decca-Video (Così fan Tutte), DGG-Video (Ariadne).




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