Edita Gruberova, the widely lauded Slovakian coloratura soprano who was a mainstay of the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, and performed on a number of acclaimed recordings of opera and oratorio, has died at 74.
An obituary in Opera News:
Two generations ago, Hungary produced a wildly disproportionate share of the world’s leading conductors: Georg Solti, George Szell, Eugene Ormandy, Antal Dorati, Fritz Reiner, Ferenc Fricsay.
In our time, Finland has become a comparably fertile seedbed of internationally prominent maestri: Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Klaus Mäkelä, Susanna Mälkki, Hannu Lintu, and now, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the 35-year-old timpanist-turned-conductor beginning his tenure as chief conductor of Britain’s Philharmonia Orchestra.
Not your stereotypical European maestro, Imogen Tilden finds in an interview with Rouvali for The Guardian: