Official: How Edita Gruberova died

Official: How Edita Gruberova died


norman lebrecht

October 20, 2021

Amid florid and irresponsible speculation over this week’s death of the great soprano at the age of 74, the Washington Post obituarist has obtained precise clarification from her agency in Munich.

Florian Schadhauser, a representative of the Munich-based Hilbert Artists Management, wrote in an email that she suffered an accidental head injury.

Gruberova died at her home in Zurich.



  • Gaddi says:

    That’s terrible…. What an awful way to suddenly leave this world.

  • Ari Bocian says:

    My question is, what led to the head injury? Did she trip? Did she faint from being dehydrated or having low blood sugar? Did she have a pulmonary embolism or a heart attack which caused her to fall? It’s devastating that she hit her head, but what happened right before then is what needs to be investigated, if possible, because that would ultimately determine how she died.

    • Cynical Bystander says:

      Your apparent need to know seems somewhat ghoulish. She deserves to be left to rest in peace.

      • Roo BOOKAROO says:

        Absurd. Edita is in peace. Who are not in peace are the millions of opera lovers including aging people who live in anxiety and the fear of falling and premature death, and who are shattered by the news of Edita’s accident. In the same manner we were all distressed at the fall and death of stage directoreJean-Piere Ponnelle. Aging people need to have the most information possible on the critical hazards of falling in order not only to allay their anxieties but mainly to improve precautions against the risk of falling, which remains the major cause of accidental death for aging people.

      • Angela Haw says:

        Not grotesque at all those questions need to be asked, may save another.

    • Colin says:

      I am confident that the medical and legal authorities in Zurich will cover these aspects and keep us all informed.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      Wow…exactly what are you interested in? What right have you to even ask? Creepy beyond belief.

      Rest in peach, Miss Gruberova.

  • William Evans says:

    Is this really the business of anyone other than Ms Gruberova’s family? I don’t believe so.

  • Zandonai says:

    Did she suffer the same head injury that happened to Fritz Wunderlich who fell down the stairs at Gottlob Frick’s house?

    • La plus belle voix says:

      No, she could not have done; that head injury was borne by Fritz Wunderlich.

    • HugoPreuss says:

      According to just about everything I’ve read about the tragic death of Wunderlich he was completely drunk when he fell. I seriously doubt that she was intoxicated.

  • Herbie G says:

    This uncannily recalls the tragic loss of Fritz Wunderlich, who died after falling from a staircase at the age of 35. Both were magnifient singers and both left many recordings that will give pleasure to generations to come. RIP.