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It is with great regret that the world says goodbye to Edita Gruberová - considered to be the “Queen of Coloratura” - who passed away at the age of 74.

After finishing her studies at the Bratislava Conservatory, she made her debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1970 as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Magic Flute”. The first time she performed that role was at the Bavarian State Opera in 1974. She achieved her international breakthrough in 1976 by playing the role of Zerbinetta in “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Richard Strauss. 

Edita Gruberová, who was famous for turning the bel canto style into her own, unmistakable specialty, performed on the great opera stages of the world for more than 50 years.

La Straniera

We would thus like to celebrate her legacy of being one of the greatest singers and musicians of the 20th and 21st century by showing the great Edita Gruberová singing Bellinis rarely performed "La Straniera" at the Vienna Musikverein! 45 years after her debut as Rosina at the National Theater in Bratislava on February 18, 1968, we are delighted to once again present the performance with the same cast that earned standing ovations at the Philharmonie im Gasteig in 2012. "La Straniera" ("The Stranger Woman") is an opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini, from a libretto by Felice Romani, based on "L’étrangère" (1825) by Charles-Victor Prévot, vicomte d’Arlincourt. It was composed in the autumn of 1828 and premiered in February 1829 at La Scala in Milan.

A recording from the Vienna Musikverein, 2013.

With best regards,

Oliver Böhm

Managing Director ORF-Enterprise

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