The phenomenal Edita Gruberova, the world’s undisputed Queen of bel canto, proves once again why she deserves this title: following her tumultuously applauded concert debut as Lucrezia Borgia in Barcelona, her mesmerizing role debut in a staged version of this work took place at the Bavarian State Opera and was acclaimed just as frenetically, and rightly so. Her performance, noted “Opera Magazine”, “vindicated the Munich audience’s near-idolization of her”. With “Lucrezia Borgia”, Gruberova follows up her recent triumphs in “Roberto Devereux” and “Norma” with another bel canto masterwork. Singing with “exquisite purity” (Opera Magazine), the soprano also beguiles with her physical presence. Stage director Christof Loy and two-time Emmy Award-winning video director Brian Large both focus on the plot’s dramatic potential and Gruberova’s talent for expressing it with every tone and gesture. The singer is excellently paired with young tenor Pavol Breslik as her son Gennaro. Breslik, a native of Slovakia like Gruberova, gives such a radiant interpretation of the tormented youth that he is now being hailed as “the most promising new voice among lyrical tenors” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung).