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Enkelejda Shkoza

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Enkelejda Shkoza in action.
Enkelejda Shkosa in Matilde di Shabran, The Royal Opera © Catherine Ashmore

Albanian mezzo-soprano Enkelejda Shkoza made her Royal Opera debut in 1997 as Maddalena (Rigoletto) and has since sung Dorabella (Così fan tutte, Shaftesbury Theatre), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Paulina (The Queen of Spades), the Contessa d’Arco (Matilde di Shabran) and Hedwige (Guillaume Tell) for The Royal Opera. She returns in the 2018/19 Season to sing Marquise de Berkenfield (La Fille du régiment).

Shkoza was born in Tirana and studied there and at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Milan. In 1995 she won first prize in the International Leyla Gencer Competition. Shkoza has since performed with the world’s leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, Paris Opéra, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, La Monnaie, Brussels, Dresden Semperoper, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Opéra national du Rhin, Teatro di San Carlo, Genoa, and Monte Carlo Opera.

Along with aforementioned roles, Shkoza’s wide repertory includes Angelina (La Cenerentola), Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri), Sara, Duchess of Nottingham (Roberto Devereux), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Fenena (Nabucco), Azucena (Il trovatore), Preziosilla (La forza del destino), Eboli (Don Carlo), Amneris (Aida), Emilia (Otello), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Princess (Suor Angelica), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust), Carmen, Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Charlotte (Werther). Her concert repertory ranges from Gluck to Prokofiev and she has recorded for labels including Opera Rara and LSO Live.

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