Edita Gruberova her very name is melodious. The Slovak soprano is undoubtedly one of todays most well-known interpreters of coloratura opera singing, and especially of Italian bel canto. She made her debut in 1970 as Queen of the Night in Mozart's ""Magic Flute"" at the Vienna State Opera and, ever since her performances in the same role at Glyndebourne and Salzburg in 1974, she has been a regular fixture on the worlds leading operatic stages and concert podiums. Flattering epithets such as ""the Queen of Coloratura"", ""the Slovak Nightingale"" or ""prima donna assoluta"" are hardly exaggerated, for they really do represent what Edita Gruberova has embodied for almost half a century. She is celebrated all over the world for her perfect mastery of vocal technique, her astonishing ability to master even the most difficult coloraturas and highest notes, her clear and precise intonation and, most importantly, for something that overshadows and transfigures everything else: the seductive and beguiling timbre of her voice. This album, released by BR-KLASSIK to celebrate her 50th stage anniversary, presents nine recordings made between October 1983 and June 2000 at Bayerischer Rundfunk concerts. In addition to well-known as well as lesser-known arias from operas by Handel, Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, and also the Couplet of Adele from Johann Strauss' operetta ""Die Fledermaus"", Edita Gruberova can also be heard in interpretations from Mozart's ""Exsultate, jubilate"", his Laudate Dominum from the Vesperae solennes de confessore, and also Michael Haydns far too rarely performed Christmas cantata Lauft, ihr Hirten, allzugleich. This album is more than a historical portrait it offers a representative musical cross-section of Edita Gruberova's wide-ranging repertoire, and also includes several surprises that complement and enrich her comprehensive discography.