The Opera World & Its Greatest Stars Mourn Legendary Soprano Edita Gruberová

By Francisco Salazar

Following the death of legendary soprano Edita Gruberová, many of opera’s biggest stars have paid homage to one of the greatest divas of operatic history.

Coloratura soprano Lisette Oropesa praised the soprano stating, “Dear, sweet voice of an angel!! Your beauty and grace in all you sang was an inspiration and always a testament to your mastery. We love you, we will miss you, we will never forget you!! And may you wake in the pastures of heaven and sing in eternal glory!

Tenor Piotr Beczala, who also performed with Gruberová in Zurich said, “It is with great sadness that we heard the news of the death of the great singer and the true bel canto legend Edita Gruberová. Performing by her side has been a great honor for me. Rest in peace.”

Sopano Hui He also took to social media and said, “I’m really sad to read about the passing of the legendary Edita Gruberová. She is a model for all us artists, for her passion, her respect and devotion to music and opera. She’ll be missed but her Art will live forever.”

Baritone Ludovic Tezier left a message on Twitter stating, “Edita Gruberová, Such a long career, for a far too short life. A life for opera. Very sad news. Ms. Gruberova has passed on, as discreet in the city as she was flamboyant on stage. Hats off to the woman and the artist.”

Music Director Speranza Scappucci said, “RIP Gruberová, a very sad day for the world. We have lost an incredible artist and woman.”

Erin Morley also took to social media stating, “She was superhuman. An absolute phenomenon and inspiration to me, to all opera lovers. Thank you for the immense legacy you left us, Edita.”

There were also a number of artists who performed alongside the legend who also spoke of her influence on them.

Charles Castronovo, who performed with Gruberová in her final productions said, “I was sad to hear of Edita’s passing today. She was an incredible artist and singer. I feel honored to have sung both Lucrezia Borgia and Roberto Devereux with her several times in Munich. Rest In Peace dear Edita.”

Olga Peretyako, who was inspired by her and considered Gruberová an idol posted a recording of Mozart arias with the caption, “She was my idol from the beginning. All Mozart, Zerbinetta, Lucia!! And this CD with concert Arias by Mozart I have listened so often, that it was broken at the end!! Too early, Edita.”

Elina Garanca, who performed with the soprano on numerous occasions and left a recording of “Norma” with her said, “It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing away of the great Slovak coloratura soprano Edita Gruberová. I am heartbroken that the world has lost another legendary singer and I am grateful for being able to stand on her side and will treasure all the memories forever. Your art will be missed.”

Pavol Breslik, who performed with the soprano on numerous occasions put numerous pictures on Instagram and said, “Dear Edita, I can’t believe you left us so soon. You leave a void behind. Thank you for all the beautiful moments on and off the stage. The one up there has a beautiful choir full of beautiful souls and voices and now you’re there with them. We are left with only memories.”

Javier Camarena posted a picture of the soprano with the caption, “Rest in peace, beautiful nightingale. Edita Gruberová.”

Finally, Luca Pisaroni shared a memory of his tour with the diva in Tokyo stating, “I am saddened to hear about the passing of legendary artist Edita Gruberová. I sang Anna Bolena with her on tour with Wiener Staatsoper in Japan and it was a pleasure to sing with her. I think I don’t exaggerate when I say that she was celebrated like a rock star. Her fans covered the sidewalk of the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan with roses to celebrate her. She was a wonderful colleague and inspiring singer. RIP dear Edita!”

Other artists who expressed their admiration included Celso Albelo, Gregory Kunde, and José Bros.

Major companies like the Wiener Staatsoper, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zurich, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro La Fenice, Theater an der Wien, Deutsche Oper Berlin,Teatro Real, Staatsoper Hamburg, and Gran Teatre del Liceu.


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