30 November 2016
Ceremonial concert on the occasion of the SK PRES, Edita Gruberová (singer) and Peter Valentovič (conductor), City of Prague Symphonic Orchestra / Prague
Ceremonial concert, which will feature Edita Grúberová and conductor Peter Valentovič together with the City of Prague Symphonic Orchestra.
The Slovak soprano Edita Gruberová is critically acclaimed as "prima donna assoluta, coloratura-phenomenon, Queen of the Belcanto". Enthusiastic ovations after each of her appearances confirm this assessment. Edita Gruberová studied at the conservatory in Bratislava under the supervision of Prof. Mária Medvecká and with Ruthilde Boesch in Vienna. Her international career began at the Vienna State Opera as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Karl Böhm conducting. Mrs. Gruberová has been enthusiastically applauded all over the world for her interpretations of the roles of Zerbinetta, Konstanze, Donna Anna, Rosina, Gilda, Violetta and Lucia at the leading opera houses such as Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera New York, the Opera Houses of Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, Geneva, Zurich, Florence, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Barcelona since then. Many of these opera companies have produced rare operas, especially for Mrs Gruberová – for example Maria Stuarda, I Puritani, Linda di Chamounix and Roberto Devereux. In 2003 she had a tremendous success with her debut of Norma in Tokyo and in 2004 as Elisabetta in a new production of Roberto Devereux at the Munich State Opera and as Norma in Baden-Baden as well. Edita Gruberová is a regular guest at the Opera Festivals of Munich and Salzburg. She has participated in several important opera film adaptations: Hänsel und Gretel, Rigoletto, Arabella, Così fan tutte and Ariadne auf Naxos. Edita Gruberová is highly acclaimed as a concert singer. Since the beginning of her career she has particularly cultivated the art of the Lied and has given recitals all over the world. She has the title of Austrian and Bavarian Kammersängerin, is an honorary member of the Vienna State Opera and has been awarded many distinctions including the Sir Lawrence Olivier Award, the distinguished Italian Franco Abbiati Prize for the best interpretation of an Italian opera role (Lucia), Bellini d’oro, order of merit of the Austrian Republic and Order of the White Double Cross awarded by the President of the Slovak Republic. In addition, she has been awarded the Herbert von Karajan Prize as an outstanding artist.
Before the Slovak conductor Peter Valentovič began his conducting studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris, he had been highly acclaimed as a concert pianist. He worked as an accompanist at the Opéra Bastille and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and subsequently at the Vienna State Opera. He received the Viktor Bunzl Scholarship for extraordinary artistic talents during his studies in Vienna. He was also head of the opera stage production at the Tyrolean Festival in Erl, in Bolzano's City Theatre, conductor and choirmaster at the Cape Town Opera in South Africa and the first bandmaster at the Istanbul State Opera. Mr. Valentovič has worked with famous conductors including, among others, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Franz Welser-Möst and Friedrich Haider. He is currently one of the most in-demand conductors in Slovakia and regularly conducts in opera houses and philharmonics in Bratislava and Košice. He has also worked with the ORF-Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Wiener Kammerorchester, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Münchner Symphoniker, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Malmö Opera Orchestra and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. His upcoming performances include an appearance at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala in Milan and a tour in Japan.