Edita Gruberova, Queen of Coloratura

October 23, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Assortment of eight album art portraits of Edita Gruberova

The sudden death of Edita Gruberova at the age of 74 was announced on October 18th. The Slovakian soprano, whose retirement was precipitated by the pandemic in 2020, leaves behind a formidable recorded legacy that spans her 50 year career. This week, Oliver pays tribute to the legendary artist who captivated audiences with a dazzling coloratura technique and generosity of spirit.


Camille Saint-Saëns: “Le Rossignol et la Rose” from Parysatis
The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Friedrich Haider, conductor
from The Anniversary Concert — 25 Years on Stage
Nightingale Classics (NC090560-2)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concert aria, “Popoli di Tessaglia!,” K. 316
Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg
Leopold Hager, conductor
from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Konzert-Arien
Deutsche Grammophon (4532882)

Gaetano Donizetti: “Quando rapito in estasi” from Lucia di Lamermoor
London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Bonynge, conductor
Teldec Classics (9031-72306-2)

Donizetti: “Di gioia bramata” from La figlia del reggimento
Munich Radio Orchestra
Kurt Eichhorn, conductor
from Edita Gruberova Virtuoso Arias
EMI (CDC 7 47434 2)

Donizetti: “Al dolce guidami” from Anna Bolena
Munich Radio Orchestra
Fabio Luisi, conductor
from Edita Gruberova Festival: Two Live Concerts
Serenissima (C 360.145-46)

Richard Strauss: “Großmächtige Prinzessin” from Ariadne auf Naxos
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Kurt Masur, conductor
Philips (422 084-2)

Special thanks to Robbie Ellis for engineering this episode of Listening to Singers.