ICE Classic: Edita Gruberova - the indisputable queen of Belcanto!

Edita Gruberova is a world-class Slovakian singer, who started her international career on the Vienna State Opera’s stage in 1970. Since then, she is met with enthusiastic ovations and applause by the audiences around the world. She has sung in the most prestigious musical theatres and concert halls worldwide, from Milan to New York. On the 20th of September she will visit Krakow to perform in one of the concerts of the ICE Classic series, accompanied by the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, conducted by Peter Valentovic.

“Edita Gruberova’s voice is known for its strength and purity of its tone”, said Izabela Helbin, Krakow Festival Office director, operator of the ICE Krakow. “The ICE Classic concert in September will be an outstanding journey through the most famous roles of this exceptional artist. We are going to hear arias from Bellini’s Norma or Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti. It is a concert that no fan of opera music should miss.

During the third instalment of the ICE Classic series we will have a unique opportunity to listen to the greatest opera pieces ever created. The evening will open with the overture to Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Then the audience gathered in the ICE Kraków concert hall will experience the beauty of „O luce di quest’anima” from Linda di Chamounix, “Il dolce suono” from Lucia di Lammermoor and of course the finale of the first act of Roberto Devereux, the performance of which is a piece that thoroughly demonstrates the mastery of the singer. In this part of the concert, the orchestra will play the overtures from Don Pasquale and the aforementioned Roberto Devereux.

In the second part of the concert we are going to listen to the overture and the famous aria from Norma, instrumental meditation from Messenet’s Thaïs, an opera which was never performed in Poland before, and the “mad scene” from I Puritani, where Edita Gruberova will be able to present the full range of her vocal mastery.

Another ICE Classic concert will be a great treat for lovers of great music. The guests of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre will have an opportunity to spend an evening listening to the greatest pieces of opera music, performed by a true opera diva, Edita Gruberova.

The concert is organised by the City of Krakow and the Krakow Festival Office, operator of ICE Kraków Congress Centre.

Edita Gruberova - the unquestioned queen of belcanto!

20.09.2016  (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m.

ICE Kraków Congress Centre (Auditorium Hall S1)

Tickets can be purchased from: 29 April at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket price: from 70 to 120 PLN

All tickets purchased between 29.04.2016 and 29.05.2016 will be discounted by 30%.


Zone I: 120 PLN - standard ticket

Zone II: 90 PLN - standard ticket

Zone III: 70 PLN - standard ticket (limited visibility is possible)

Seats for persons with disabilities in wheelchairs (4)  120 PLN

Tickets for children under 10 years old: 10 PLN

Purchasing tickets:

Purchasing over 10 tickets entitles the buyer to a 10% discount

All tickets purchased between 29.04.2016 and 29.05.2016 will be discounted by 30%.

Discount tickets will not be available

Holders of the Krakow 3+ Family Card are entitled to a 70% discount. The discount cannot be combined with any other promotion. Number of tickets available is limited.

Before purchasing tickets, the buyer is required to read and understand the Terms and Conditions of ticket sales for events organised by the Krakow Festival Office. Purchasing ticket is treated as accepting the terms and conditions.

Distribution channels:

Tickets for ICE CLASSIC concerts can be purchased at portal and in the following InfoKraków information points:

InfoKraków Pawilon Wyspiańskiego ( Wszystkich Świętych 2)

InfoKraków (św. Jana 2)

InfoKraków Tourist Service Center ( Powiśle 11)

InfoKraków Sukiennice (Rynek Główny 1/3)

InfoKraków ( Józefa 7)

InfoKraków ( Szpitalna 25)

InfoKraków ICE Kraków ( Marii Konopnickiej 17)

Edita Gruberova - Soprano

If she was born a century earlier, she would be granted a title of Kammersängerin by a member of the imperial dynasty. In the 21st century she was given a title of “prima donna assoluta” by the press, which puts her on the same level as Maria Callas herself. In reviews of her exceptional performances she is always referred to as the coloratura phenomenon - a technique which requires incredible mastery of voice.

Edita Gruberova, queen of Belcanto, a vocal virtuoso was born in Bratislava, where she also graduated from the Bratislava Conservatory. Then, she went to Vienna to study under the watchful eye of Ruthilde Boesch. She also begun her international career there in the opera Ariadne auf Naxos, where she was accompanied by an orchestra conducted by the great Karl Böhm himself. Since that first performance, the artist has been met with tremendous applause from audiences around the world; applause that only grows when the artist plays her hallmark roles - Zerbinetta, Konstanze, Donna Anna, Rosina, Gilda, Violetta and Lucia. She has been met with ovations in the most famous concert halls in the world - Theatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera New York and opera houses in Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, Geneva, Zurich, Florence, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Barcelona. Some of the operas have prepared their productions specially for the artist, such as Maria Stuarda, I Puritani, Linda Di Chamounix and Roberto Devereux in Vienna State Opera, La Sonnambula in Geneva and Naples, I Capuleti e i Montecchi in London, I Puritani in Metropolitan Opera and for the Bregenz Festival. Of course we cannot forget about Roberto Devereux, Anna Bolena, and Beatrice di Tenda in Barcelona, La Fille du Regiment and new renditions of Linda di Chamounix, Roberto Devereux, Anna Bolena, Beatrice di Tenda and La Sonnambula in Zurich or Anna Bolena and I Puritani productions dedicated to the artist in the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

In 2003, almost three decades after making her debut on international stage, Edita Gruberova managed to achieve tremendous success by debuting in Tokyo in Norma, and just a year later she continued her stream of success as Elisabetta in a new rendition of Roberto Devereux in Munich and during the European premiere of Norma in Baden-Baden, which was connected with the recording of the performance for an album. In 2005, Norma with Edita Gruberova achieved spectacular triumph in the Viennese opera, which was later repeated in Bavarian State Opera in January 2006 and during the Salzburg Festival 4 years later. The artist ended the first decade of the 21st century as Lucrezia Borgia in Barcelona and Munich, and in 2013 debuted as Alaide in La Straniera, produced by Opera in Zurich, which in 2014 was also presented in Theater an der Wien.

Edita Gruberova is a regular guest of opera festival in Munich and Salzburg.

The exceptional soprano has participated in the production of many film operas, such as Hänsel and Gretel, Rigoletto, Arabella, Così fan tutte and Ariadne auf Naxos.

The artist also recorded many operas for the most famous record labels worldwide, including Les Contes d'Hoffmann for Deutsche Grammophon, Maria Stuarda, Die Fledermaus and Ariadne auf Naxos for Philips, she sung the part of Adele in Die Fledermaus and recorded her parts for Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, La Finta Giardiniera, Lucia di Lammermoor and Traviata for Teldec. EMI has invited the artist to participate in the recording of Lucia di Lammermoor and I Capuleti e i Montecchi, she also cooperated with Decca Records on the Entführung aus dem Serail.

However, the most important contract she ever signed was with Nightingale Classics, where she could focus on her Belcanto repertoire. The label already published her Beatrice di Tenda, Linda di Chamounix, The Anniversary concert with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, an album with international songs for children, I Puritani, Roberto Devereux, Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, Maria di Rohan, La fille du régiment, Tancredi, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, mad scenes – arias of Tudor Queens, famous operetta pieces, a recital with Vesselina Kasarova, as well as Christmas and canonical pieces. This cooperation has also resulted in the Lieder of Strauss and a recording with a Japanese countertenor, Yoshikazu Mera. Recently, a DVD recording of Norma was released.

The quality of her folk recordings for Nightingale Classic and Teldec is simply astonishing. The artist holds the title of the Austrian and Bavarian Kammersängerin, which these days is granted by operas. In the past this distinction was awarded by the imperial dynasty. She is an honorary member of the Vienna State Opera, she also received many important awards and distinctions - the Sir-Lawrence-Olivier Award, the valuable Franco-Abbiati for the best interpretation of a role in an Italian opera, Bellini d’Oro for her exceptional performances and order of merit of The Republic of Austria.

Moreover, she was also distinguished with Herbert von Karajan Award as an exceptional artist.

Peter Valentovic


Peter Valentovic was born in Slovakia, he studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. While in Vienna, he received a scholarship from the University of Music for his exceptional talent. He collaborated as a tutor with the Opéra Bastille, Théâtre du Châtelet, Wien Staatsoper and many others, he also worked as a conductor at the Kammeroper in Vienna, the Tiroler Festspiele Festival and with theatre in Bolzano. In his country, he takes part in concerts featuring the Slovak Philharmonic, the Košice Philharmonic, as well as performances of the Slovak National Opera in Bratislava and National Opera in Košice. He also collaborated with the Cape Town Opera and the Istanbul Opera as a bandmaster.  The artist also had opportunity to collaborate with many orchestras and ensembles from around the world, including RSO Wien, the Münchner Symphoniker, the Prague Philharmonic, SWR Freiburg, the Welsh National Orchestra, Haydn Orchester Bozen, Orchestra Toscanini Parma, Malmö Opera Orchester, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Nürnberger Symphoniker. He performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the State Opera in Berlin, at the Bavarian State Opera, collaborated with the opera and chamber orchestra in Zurich, as well as with Bayerischer Rundfunk orchestra. He also collaborates with Edita Gruberova as accompanist.


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