Albanian mezzo-soprano Enkelejda Shkosa was born in Tirana in 1969 and studied there at the Conservatory and Art Academy. After performing in several concerts in Albania, she made her début in Strasbourg in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, then went on to study in Milan and win the 1996 Leyla Gencer international vocal competition in Istanbul.
She has sung in all the major Italian opera houses, in Il viaggio a Reims at the Pesaro festival, in Jonathan Miller's Royal Opera revival of Cosi fan tutte, Verdi's Otello at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Angelina in La Cenerentola at the Theatre de la Monnaie, and sang the Contessa d'Arco in Rossini's rarely heard Mathilde de Shabran at Covent Garden in 2008.
She has collaborated with many conductors, including Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Colin Davis, Daniele Gatti, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Daniel Oren, Antonio Pappano, Evelino Pidò, Donato Renzetti and Marcello Viotti.
Her discography includes Rossini's Otello (Opera Rara), Thaïs and Cavalleria rusticana (Decca), and Béatrice et Bénédict and La damnation de Faust with the London Symphony Orchestra.
A selection of M&V articles about Enkelejda Shkosa
Ensemble. A Superb Cast - Rossini's 'Mathilde de Shabran' at Covent Garden, reviewed by Robert Hugill
A Superb Outing - Bellini's 'La Straniera', reviewed by Robert Hugill