The Albanian soprano Oriana Kurteshi, the artist we would love to know
The Albanian soprano Oriana Kurteshi has been recently performed in Merano, Italy, in the opera of Rosinni “Stabat Mater”.
We talk very few about Oriana Kurteshi in our country compared to her gigantic career. We are still left with the echo of Inva Mula, a figure now replaced or superimposed by Ermonela Jaho, but I feel that Albanian stars like Pirgu, Lahaj etc should be recognized and praised in their own country. Oriana Kurteshi is one of them that makes us proud.
The Albanian artist, the winner of many Competitions Oriana Kurteshi began her international career at the age of 23 when performing in Giuseppe Verdi’s “A Ball with Masks”. This work was directed by master Riccardo Muti and staged in Milan’s “Scala”!
The Albanian soprano returned In this prestigious theater and performed under the direction of the distinguished conductor in the role of Constanta in “Les Dialogues des Carmelites”.
From here, more doors were opened for the Albanian artist and she began to sing from theater to theater and in the most prominent scenes that the lyrical world knows.
So far Oriana has performed in: Teatro alla Scala, Theater du Chatelet in Paris, Teatro Nazional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, l’Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liege, Carlo Felice of Geneva, Teatro Verdi Teatro, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, Ravenna Festival, Ravenna Theater Alighieri, Prague Narodni Opera, Seoul National Opera, Every Fisher Hall Concert in New York, Capitol Theater of Toulouse, Opera Mediteranéeo Tulon of France, Rhin National Opera in Strasbourg, Gran Teatro la Fenice Venice, Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Mallorca Festival, Estonian National Opera in Tallinn, Estonia.
Oriana has cooperated with : Daniel Oren, Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Carlo Rizzi, Giuliano Carella, Michael Guttler, Gerard Costner, Matteo Beltrani, Marco Letonja, Patrick Fournillier, Marc Elder, Bruno Bartoletti etj.
She has worked with directors like: Graham Vick, Liliana Cavani, Christoph Loy, Marianne Clement, Robert Carsen, Jean-Luis Grinda, Luis Miguel Cintra, Andrea Cigni.
Her discography includes: Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Arthaus) in Milan’s Scala with Ildebrando d’Arcangelo and Diana Damrau, Puccini’s “La Rondine” live recording at “Theater du Chatele” with Inva Mula, Giuseppe Filianoti, Peace Concert , Every Fisher Hall Concert (Arthaus) with Barbara Frittoli Giuseppe Sabatini, Roberto Frontali, directed by maestro Riccardo Muti.In the roles she has been playing: Olga in “Fedora di Girodano” starring in Milan’s Skala; Oscar at “Ballo in Maschera” in Skala Milan, Comunale of Bologna, with Israeli Philarmonie in Tel Aviv; Jilda to Rigoletto; Adina to Elisir d’Amore at Seoul National Theater, Lizette in La Rondine at Grand Teatro La Fenice, in Teatro del Giglio in Luke; Nannette at the Falstaff al Narodni Opera in Prague, al Theater de Toulon, Susan in “Le nozze di Figaro”; Maria at “La fille du Règiment” in Mallorca; Pamina at Die Zauberflûte in Malibran, Venice; Juliet at “Roméo et Juliette” at the Piazza Teatro Verdi, at the Teatro Alighieri of Ravenna, at the National Theater in Tallinn; Lucia at Lucia di Lammermoor in Tirana; Elvira at the “Italiana in Algeri” at the Strasbourg ONR; Sofia at Il Signor Bruschino at Galuppi Festival Venezia.
Oriana Kurteshi is the winner of International Competitions such as: “Marcello Viotti” a Vercelli, “Corradetti” in Padova, “Hans Gabor Belvedere” in Vienna, “Marie Kraja” in Tirana, “Francisca Quart” in Palma, Majorca she is the winner as a performer the best of the German Leader, is the winner of the Luca Valentini Terrani Award in Padova.
So far Oriana has sung at the Ravenna Festival under the direction of master Riccardo Muti, further in Estonia at Haydn’s “Le stagioni”, in Strasbourg for Matheus Passion and Johannes Passion, in Trieste for the 2008 artistic season, “Il sogno di una notte in Mendelssohn’s mezza estate “, Orff’s Carmina Burana in Klagenfurt, in Lausanne in Salle Pendereski where she sang Mozart’s Messe in C again in Strasbourg’s” La messe Saint Cécile “of Gounod.
In Venice’s “Die schopfung” Venice, in Padua Requiem in Faurées, then in Stabat Mater of Pergolezi, in Davide Penitente and Mozart.