Slovak coloratura soprano Edita Gruberová has been hailed by the press as “prima donna assoluta”, “a coloratura phenomenon” and “Queen of the Belcanto”. Enthusiastic ovations after every performance confirm this praise.
Edita Gruberová was born in Bratislava where she studied at the conservatory. She also studied with Ruthilde Boesch in Vienna. Her international career began at the Vienna State Opera as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Karl Böhm conducting. Since then, Edita Gruberová has met an enthusiastic reception all around the world for her interpretations of the roles of Zerbinetta, Konstanze, Donna Anna, Rosina, Gilda, Violetta and Lucia at leading opera houses such as Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Metropolitan Opera, New York, as well as opera houses in Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, Geneva, Zurich, Florence, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Barcelona. Many of these opera companies have put on productions of rare operas especially for Edita Gruberová, including Maria Stuarda, I Puritani, Linda di Chamounix and Roberto Devereux at the Vienna State Opera, La Sonnambula in Geneva and Naples, I Capuleti e I Montecchi in London, I Puritani at the Metropolitan Opera and Bregenzer Festspiele, Roberto Devereux, Anna Bolena and Beatrice di Tenda in Barcelona, La Fille du Régiment, Linda di Chamounix, Roberto Devereux, Anna Bolena, Beatrice di Tenda and La Sonnambula in Zurich, and Anna Bolena and I Puritani at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
In 2003, she enjoyed tremendous success with her debut in the title role of Norma in Tokyo. In 2004, she appeared as Elisabetta in a new production of Roberto Devereux at the Munich State Opera and had her European debut of Norma in Baden-Baden, where a CD was recorded. In 2005 she performed Norma at the Vienna State Opera, at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in January 2006 and at the Salzburg Festival in 2010. In 2007-2008, she debuted as Lucrezia Borgia in Barcelona, a role she also perfomed at the Bavarian State Opera in 2008-2009. In 2013 she debuted as Alaide in La Straniera at Zurich Opera House and at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna in 2014. She is a regular guest at the Munich Opera Festival.
Edita Gruberová has participated in several important films of operas: Hansel and Gretel, Rigoletto, Arabella, Ariadne auf Naxos and Cosi fan tutte. She has sung under the world’s leading conductors.
Edita Gruberová has made numerous opera recordings, including Anna Bolena, Ariadne auf Naxos, Beatrice di Tenda, Don Giovanni, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Die Fledermaus, Hoffmanns Erzählungen, I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, I Puritani, La Fille du Régiment, La Finta Giardiniera, Linda di Chamounix, Lucia di Lammermoor, Maria di Rohan, Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux, Tancredi, La Traviata and Die Zauberflöte. Edita Gruberová has also showcased her talents in various other recordings, such as “Tudor Queens: Arias from Operas”, a recording of songs from famous operettas, a duo recital CD with Vesselina Kasarova, Christmas songs, canonical songs, international children’s songs, songs by Richard Strauss and a recording with the Japanese countertenor Yoshikazu Mera.
Edita Gruberová is highly acclaimed as a concert singer. Since the beginning of her career, she has cultivated the art of Lieder in particular and has held recitals all over the world.
Edita Gruberová holds the title of Austrian and Bavarian Kammersängerin. She is a honorary member of the Vienna State Opera and has been awarded many distinctions including the Laurence Olivier Award, the distinguished Italian Franco Abbiati Prize for the best interpretation of an Italian opera role (Lucia), the Bellini d’Oro prize for outstanding performances and the Order of Merit of the Austrian Republic. She was also awarded the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize as an outstanding artist.
Edita Gruberová is accompanied on the piano by Peter Valentovic from Bratislava. Even at a young age, he was already an award-winning concert pianist. Today he is one of Slovakia’s best-known performers and is highly regarded as a conductor. He has performed in the renowned opera houses of Europe and with leading European orchestras.