An ovation was never lacking, every time Edita Gruberova sang “und gewandelt um und um!”, The end of the famous Zerbinetta monologue, in Ariadna en Naxos , from Richard Strauss. That fascination, which left his character speechless, infected the entire theater. And the experience, riddled with scenic self-confidence and vocal pyrotechnics, was repeated more than two hundred times in almost four decades. From his resounding success in Vienna, in 1976, to the astonishing performances he gave at the beginning of the new century, such as that of 2002, at the Liceo de Barcelona, one of his favorite theaters. Gruberova retired, in 2019, after serving half a century on the stage, and passed away yesterday, 18 of October, at his home in Zurich, as a result of a domestic accident. Two months until his 75 th birthday.