Opera Legend Edita Gruberova Dies Aged 74
Berlin, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Oct, 2021 ) :Edita Gruberova, the legendary coloratura soprano, has died at the age of 74, her management said in a statement seen by AFP on Tuesday.
The Slovak-born opera star, whose career spanned more than 50 years, died in Zurich on Monday, Munich-based Hilbert Artists Management said.
"Grubi", as her fans affectionately called her, appeared regularly at all of the world's major opera houses, specialising in the so-called "bel canto" repertoire, particularly the works of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini.
She worked with the world's greatest conductors, such as Wolfgang Sawallisch and Herbert von Karajan.
"Her much-vaunted vocal perfection was never an end in itself, but always in the service of an uncompromising devotion to the music and its best possible interpretation," opera house director Bogdan Roscic said in a statement.
"She will be long remembered as the 'queen of coloratura', including by me personally," Austrian Culture Secretary Andrea Mayer said in a statement cited by the national APA news agency.
"Austria, and Vienna in particular, can consider themselves fortunate that the foundation for her world career was laid here and that she was always happy to return until the end of her career," Mayer said.