Opera legend and ‘Queen of Colour’ Edita Gruberova dies at 74

Born on December 23, 1946, Gruberova passed her talent through the most important stages in the world. photo credit: Facebook/Hans Marcel Bichler

Born on December 23, 1946, Gruberova passed her talent through the most important stages in the world. photo credit: Facebook/Hans Marcel Bichler

Renowned coloratura soprano, Edita Gruberova, has died at the age of 74, her management said in a statement. AFP on Tuesday.

Munich-based Hilbert Artist Management said the Slovak-born opera star, whose career spans more than 50 years, died in Zurich on Monday.

Born in Bratislava, Gruberova studied in the Slovak capital before making her stage debut as Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in 1968.

But her real breakthrough came two years later as Mozart’s ‘Queen of the Night’.‘magic flute’At the Vienna State Opera, a role she sang 148 times during her career.

“Grubby”, as his fans affectionately called him, appeared regularly in all the major opera houses in the world, specializing in the so-called Bel Canto repertoire, especially the works of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini.

He worked with some of the world’s greatest conductors, such as Wolfgang Savlisch and Herbert von Karajan.

He was respected for his astonishing singing technique and was particularly well-liked in Germany and Austria.

The Vienna State Opera, where Gruberova performed more than 700 times and gave a farewell gala concert in 2018, said it was “mourning the loss of a legend of the opera world”.

“Her much-anticipated vocal perfection was never an end in itself, but always in service of an unshakable devotion to music and its best possible interpretation,” Opera House director Bogdan Rosik said in a statement.

Austrian Culture Secretary Andrea Meyer said in a statement quoted by the national APA news agency, “She will be remembered for a long time as the ‘Queen of Colour,’ including myself personally.”

“Austria, and Vienna in particular, can consider themselves lucky that the foundation of her world career was laid here and she was always happy to return to the end of her career,” Meyer said.

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