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    Edita Gruberova

    Edita Gruberova has always been an eminent performer in my world. I thought I had all her recordings until I discovered today that I had not heard one of her most important performances Ariadne auf Naxos. Oh how little I comprehend! What are her most important works? Wiki does not even list a discography which I would like to correct. My absolute favourites include (but are not limited to)

    Beatrice di Tenda
    Anna Bolena
    Lucia di Lammermoor
    Lucrezia Borgia
    I capuleti e i Montecchi

    Where else has she excelled (or slightly shone)?

    I recently listened to her performance in Norma. This was more of an interest in Elina Garanca than anything else...

    Where else has she misfired?

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    I have several recordings with Frau Gruberova, including her Queen of the Night on Haitink's Die Zauberflöte; Konstanze in Wallberg's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Oscar in Abbado's Un Ballo in Maschera, and my very first recording of her, Marcellina in Ferdinando Paër’s Leonora, conducted by Peter Maag, that's finally been reissued in CD format.



    I wouldn't call any of them misfires.

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    Over a week later (long, long 8 days) it finally arrived in the post today.

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    Quite brilliant. I actually listened to it twice, I don't think I've done that before.

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    Verdi: Rigoletto
    Renato Bruson (Rigoletto), Edita Gruberova (Gilda), Neil Shicoff (Il Duca), Robert Lloyd (Sparafucile), Brigitte Fassbaender (Maddalena), Jean Rigby (Giovanna), Kurt Rydl (Monterone), Armando Gabba (Marullo), William Matteuzzi (Borsa), Geoffrey Moses (Il Conte di Ceprano), Maria Grazia Pittavini (La Contessa di Ceprano), Maria Grazia Pittavini (Un paggio)
    Coro e Orchestrea dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Giuseppe Sinopoli
    1984

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    I listened to this for the first time in a while. I don't know why but I had two copies of the same recording, perhaps someone bought it for me as a present but so long ago I really can't remember.
    I had also forgotten how beautiful Edita is as Gilda in this recording, she would have been 37 years old at the time of the recording. Perhaps I bought two copies for fear of wearing one out by overplaying.
    I would recommend this recording for any Edita Gruberova fan. Available on CD as highlights as well (but only a couple of pounds/dollars difference, just buy the complete opera).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    ...Wiki does not even list a discography which I would like to correct...
    Okay the page now looks like "Clayton's CD's of Edita's operas".

    I know I've missed about 56413 operas plus MAuer's listing above; at least there is some reference for fans!

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    Gruberova is probably my favorite coloratura soprano of all time. I have her in these opera recordings on CD:

    La Fille Du Regiment

    Barbiere di Siviglia

    Maria Stuarda

    Roberto Devereux

    Paer's Leonora

    Hansel and Gretel (just ordered minutes ago)

    And on DVD:

    Beatrice Di Tenda

    Hansel and Gretel

    I Puritani (just ordered minutes ago)
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Over a week later (long, long 8 days) it finally arrived in the post today.

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    Quite brilliant. I actually listened to it twice, I don't think I've done that before.

    I just caught this - you posted while I was in LA...

    This is the production I supered in when the Vienna State Opera visited Washington, DC and I met Edita G. in 1979. Mostly the same cast except possibly that Walter Berry sang the Music Master and Hans Helm sang the Harlequin. Oh, and Josef Hopferwieser sang Bacchus.

    Just for a point of reference: In Act I, when the rich man's house is being readied for the two performances, liveried servants walk around the household lighting the lights. I was one of the servants. The Vienna people watched us like hawks because all of the supers' wigs were handmade from buffalo hair. Unfortunately, I gave the one professional photo of me in my costume to my folks, which was lost or tossed when they retired and moved in the mid-1980s.

    Gruberova's Zerbinetta had to have been the best ever.
    Last edited by Hoffmann; December 13th, 2016 at 04:07 PM.

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