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Luba Orgonasova (Soprano)

Born: January 22, 1961 - Bratislava, Slovakia

The Slovak soprano, Luba Orgonasova, studied voice and piano at the Music Conservatory and Music Academy in Bratislava, and sang as a soloist at the Slovak National Theatre.

Luba Orgonasova began her singing career at at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, then was invited to sing as a guest at the Hagen Opera House in 1984. Following that appearance, she received a contract as a member of that company as its First Lyric Soprano, remaining there to the end of the 1988 season. While there she sang in many leading parts, including two for which she would become famous, Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata and Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. The outstanding quality of her voice was quickly recognised and she was soon engaged in operas and concerts all over Europe. She made her debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1988, singing Donna Anna and Pamina, roles she repeated at the festivals of Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg. Maestro Herbert von Karajan heard her sing and invited her to appear in the 1990 Salzburg Easter Festival and the summer Salzburg Festival in 1990, where she sang Marzelline in L.v. Beethoven's Fidelio. Later in that season she sang Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Vienna State Opera. She sang and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Seraglio for her debut at the Opéra de Paris, a role she also recorded to great acclaim with John Eliot Gardiner. Her debut role at the Royal Opera House in London, was Aspasia. Since then she has sung on all the major operatic stages of the world, and in concert performance with many of the great orchestras. Among her signature roles is that of Eurydice in Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice.

Luba Orgonasova She is particularly appreciated by conductors like John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and F. Welser Möst. She is particularly associated with Mozart roles and of other composers of that period. Her notable Mozart roles include Donna Anna, Pamina, Konstanze, Giunia, Fiordiligi, Ilia. She also won considerable acclaim in George Frideric Handel's operas such as Alcina and Rinaldo. Her interpretations of Italian and German composers are also very remarkable. Her wide repertory also embraced Marzelline, Agathe, Amina, Lucia, Luisa, Gilda, Violetta, Mimi, Liù, Marguerite, Micaela, Antonia, etc., in all of which one can appreciate the pearly sheen of her voice and the brilliance of her coloratura technique.

Luba Orgonasova can be heard in numerous recordings, notably Pamina Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (1989); an early recital "Favorite Soprano Arias", a complete La bohème and La sonnambula, all with Naxos Records.

Source: Wikipdia Website [based on Grove Music Online, John Allison, Oxford University Press, 2008 & Favorite Soprano Arias, Keith Anderson, Naxos Records, 1991]; All Music Guide (Author: Joseph Stevenson)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2008)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini

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G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [Alcina]

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Luba Orgonasova (Wikipedia)
Lubas Orgonasova (Answers.com)

Luva Orgonasova - Biography (Naxos)
Luba Orgonasova, biography, discography (Goldberg)

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