Recital Edita Gruberová
Singers like Edita Gruberová are rare and wonderful to hear. The Slovak-born coloratura soprano made her name at the Vienna State Opera in 1969 as Queen of the Night in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Since then, Gruberová has been a constant presence in European opera productions, having her unique take on the most coveted soprano roles in the standard repertoire. At Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, she will revisit some of her favourite vocal parts and classical songs with piano accompaniment by Peter Valentovič. Do not miss the chance to hear one of opera’s celebrated voices live!
In her recital in Florence, Gruberová presents a selection of hidden favourites and gems. Instead of a ‘greatest hits’ compilation of the many opera arias she has sung over her career, the coloratura soprano starts her show with some lovely renditions of songs by Richard Strauss. You can enjoy her skilled interpretations of joyful melodies such as ‘Die Georgine’, ‘In goldener Fülle’, ‘Waldseligkeit’, or ‘Allerseelen’. Next comes the uplifting ‘Frühlingsstimmen’ waltz by Johann Strauss the Son, the waltz king himself. Gruberová then returns to her opera roots with the wonderful aria ‘Una voce poco fa’ from The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini and ‘Deh! se un’urna è a me concesa’ from Beatrice di Tenda by Vincenzo Bellini.
The recital draws to a close with an improvisation and a rhapsody based upon themes from Sergey Rachmaninov’s piano compositions. The dramatic, heart-breaking ‘Wahnsinnsarie der Ophélie’ from Ambroise Thomas’s version of Hamlet serves as the evening’s bombastic finale and provides yet another example of Edita Gruberová’s inimitable vocal talent and range. With the backing of only a grand piano, her voice’s dramatic quality, expression, range and impeccable technique are sure to impress. For lovers of classical music across genres and generations, this recital is a fantastic opportunity.