Singers lead the mourning for Edita GruberovaNews
Tributes are being posted for the great soprano who has died, aged 74.
Elina Garanca: It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing away of the great Slovak coloratura soprano Edita Gruberova. I am heartbroken that the world has lost another legendary singer and I am grateful for being able to stand on her side and will treasure all the memories forever.
Laura Aikin: Heartbroken at the news of the passing of Edita Gruberova. Role model for generations of coloraturas, myself included. A full life, well lived, but yet too short. May she Rest In Peace. She will be remembered with gratitude and admiration by millions.
Claire Rutter: One of the most beautiful sounds ever – such a natural, easy, unforced talent. Her impeccable technique meant she could be confident in everything she sang. A voice in a million.
Gerald Martin Moore: She was one of the most phenomenal vocal technicians I ever heard sing in the theatre and a huge inspiration in terms of technique. Hearing her being able to “mark” Zerbinetta at pitch at 10am (including an extended trill on a high D) blew my mind as a 20 year old. Also her superhuman breath control was astonishing, as was her ability to execute perfect messa di voce all the way up to a high F sharp. To hear her at her best I would suggest the concert in Munich from 1983 on youtube but here is a brief excerpt from a live Lucia for those younger singers who may not know her. Hers was also a voice that sounded better in live acoustic as her laser beam focus could sound harder when caught by the microphone.
Aprile Millo: Very sorry to hear of the passing of Edita Gruberova. Wonderful singing and the world mourns today but remembers always her great art. Pax Perpetua.
#EditaGruberova Such a long career, for a far too short life. A life for opera. Very sad news. Ms Gruberova has passed on, as discreet in the city as she was flamboyant on stage. Hats off to the woman and the artist.
— Ludovic Tézier (@TezierLudovic) October 19, 2021
Lowell Liebermann: I will never forget when I was 20 or so, I heard her as Zerbinetta at the Bayerische Staatsoper. The performance stopped for a 15-minute screaming ovation after her big aria. It was utter perfection, both singing and acting.
Dorothea Herbert: What a tragic year losing two of my life long idols. First Christa Ludwig and now Edita Gruberova. She has been my inspiration since I wanted to become a singer.
Hui He: I’m really sad to read about the passing of the legendary Edita Gruberova She is a model for all us artists, for her passion, her respect and devotion to music and opera.
Decca Classics: Absolutely devastated to hear that the coloratura soprano Edita Gruberová has passeed away at the age of 74. Her legacy remains as one of the great singers and musicians of the 20th and 21st century. She will be missed.
Dominique Meyer, sovrintendente at La Scala: Ce soir là, Édita était heureuse. Nous avions fêté ses quarante cinq années de présence au Staatsoper, où elle avait commencé sa carrière au sein de la troupe. Elle est toujours restée fidèle à ce théâtre, où elle a chanté plus de 700 représentations, la toute dernière,Anna Bolena, le 23 octobre 2015. Elle se retira définitivement à l’occasion d’un gala donné le 23 juin 2018. C’è soir-la, je lui avais offert son mythique costume de Zerbinetta. Les viennois se souvenaient qu’ ils l’avaient applaudie plus d’une demi-heure après le grand air „ Grossmächtige Prinzessin „ lors de la Premiere du 20 novembre 1976. Elle était une légende vivante. Aucun de ceux qui aiment vraiment l‘opéra ne l’oubliera.
Serge Dorny:Mit großer Trauer haben wir an der Bayerischen Staatsoper vom Tod der unvergleichlichen Edita Gruberová erfahren. Hier am Haus hatten wir das Privileg, ihre großen Rollen und ihre Erfolge mitzuerleben und zu feiern. Ein schmerzlicher Verlust für uns alle!
Conductor Speranza Scapucci: …a very sad day for the world . We have lost an incredible artist and woman.
Andrei Comploi: Distressed and very, very sad that Edita Gruberova left us so suddenly.