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C 857 122 I

Edita Gruberova

Orfeo • 2 CD • 2h 37min

Order No.: C 857 122 I

Choc de Classica


G. Donizetti: O jene Glut in Blicken ... Auch ich versteh' die feine Kunst (from: Don Pasquale)
G. Donizetti: Ich bin bereit (from: Don Pasquale)
G. Donizetti: Regnava nel silenzio ... Quando rapito in estasi (from: Lucia di Lammermoor)
G. Donizetti: Sulla tomba (from: Lucia di Lammermoor)
W.A. Mozart: Martern aller Art (from: Die Entführung aus dem Serail K 0384)
W.A. Mozart: Schnell, dem Vater zu helfen - Fliehe, Verräter, fliehe! (from: Don Giovanni K 0527)
W.A. Mozart: Vanne, t'affreta… ah se il crudel periglio (from: Lucio Silla)
G. Verdi: Un dì felice, eterea (from: La Traviata)
G. Verdi: Follie! Sempre libera (from: La Traviata)
J. Strauß (Sohn): Mein Herr Marquis (from: Die Fledermaus)
J. Massenet: Allons! Il le faut - Adieu, notre petite table (Aria of Manon, Act 2, Scene 4 - from: Manon)
J. Massenet: Suis je gentille ainsi. Je marche sur tous les chemins (from: Manon)
J. Massenet: Ces murs silencieux ... Toi! Vous! ... Oui, c'est moi (from: Manon)
G. Donizetti: Quando di luce rosea (from: Maria Stuarda)
G. Donizetti: Ah! tardai troppo – O luce di quest'anima (from: Linda di Chamonix)
G. Donizetti: Scellerato! ... Va! La morte sul capo ti pende (from: Roberto Devereux)
G. Donizetti: Com'e bello (from: Lucrezia Borgia)
V. Bellini: Deh, con te ... Mira, o Norma (from: Norma)
V. Bellini: La dama d'Arturo .. O! Vieni al tempio (from: I Puritani)
R. Strauss: Großmächtige Prinzessin (from: Ariadne auf Naxos)


Edita Gruberova (Sopran)
Hans Helm (Bariton)
Peter Dvorsky (Tenor)
Czeslawa Slania (Sopran)
Jerry Hadley (Tenor)
Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Francisco Araiza (Tenor)
Kurt Rydl (Bass)
Yu Chen (Bariton)
Ramón Vargas (Tenor)
Michele Pertusi (Bariton)
Peter Jelosits (Tenor)
Nadia Krasteva (Mezzosopran)
Ruben Broitman (Tenor)
Carlos Alvarez (Bariton)
Egils Silins (Bass)
Chor der Wiener Staatsoper (Chor)
Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper (Orchester)
Hector Urbon (Dirigent)
Giuseppe Patané (Dirigent)
Karl Böhm (Dirigent)
Iván Fischer (Dirigent)
Arnold Ostman (Dirigent)
Pinchas Steinberg (Dirigent)
Theodor Guschlbauer (Dirigent)
Bruno Campanella (Dirigent)
Marcello Viotti (Dirigent)
Friedrich Haider (Dirigent)
Maurizio Benini (Dirigent)
Horst Stein (Dirigent)

Edita Gruberova

If opera enthusiasts had to choose a singer as the quintessential coloratura soprano, the name of Edita Gruberova would be bound to come up. C 857 122 I
C 857 122 I
To the delight of her audiences, she has spent the last four decades exploring every corner of the coloratura repertory. The fact that throughout this period she has retained her timbre, vocal flexibility and an upper range extending above top c'' is due above all to two factors: her sovereign technique and her intelligent choice of repertory. After making her professional début with a provincial company in her native Slovakia, she soon joined the Vienna State Opera, which remains her artistic home to this day. Edita Gruberova als Manon
Edita Gruberova als Manon
Foto: Fayer
As the new compilation of high points from her career in Vienna that Orfeo is releasing as part of its Wiener Staatsoper Live series, her earliest decisive successes were in the sort of lighter coloratura roles often sung by soubrettes: Norina in Don Pasquale and above all Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, a role to which she returned repeatedly until finally discarding it from her repertory after thirty-five years. Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor remained in her repertory for thirty years, allowing her to cast an even more powerful spell on audiences not only in Vienna but all over the world. Starting with Lucia and with three of Mozart's soprano roles, Donna Anna, Konstanze and Giunia in the rarely heard Lucio Silla, she began to develop in the direction of dramatic coloratura roles, a development that finally enabled her to tackle Bellini's Norma. Between these two extremes, Edita Gruberova's career contains many other milestones that may all be enjoyed in excerpted form in the present portrait from Vienna. Roles represented here include the titular heroine of Verdi's La traviata (with Alfredo Kraus as one of her many world-class partners), the flighty Manon in Massenet's opera of the same name - one of only a handful of excursions into the French repertory - and her irresistible Adele in Johann Strauß's operetta, Die Fledermaus. But central to the second half of Edita Gruberova's forty-year reign at the Vienna State Opera are leading roles in bel canto operas, operas which without her would probably never have re-entered the repertory: Elvira in Bellini's I Puritani and four of Donizetti's dramatic coloratura roles, Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux and the title roles in Maria Stuarda, Linda di Chamounix and, most recently, Lucrezia Borgia.

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