Elbenita KAJTAZI
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Elbenita Kajtazi, a native of Mitrovica, Kosovo, has performed in some of Europe’s most important opera houses. This summer, she made her Salzburg Festival debut as a member of the Young Singers Project, performing alongside Placido Domingo and the Munich Radio Orchestra as ‘Crobyle’ in Massenets “Thais”.
She continues the 2016/17 season as a member of the ensemble of the Aalto Musiktheater Essen, making role debuts as ‘Barbarina’/”Le nozze di Figaro”, ‘Adina’/”L’elisir d’amore and ‘Pamina’/”Die Zauberflöte.

For the past two seasons, the young soprano held a young artist fellowship with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Of the numerous roles she performed on the stage of the Deutsche Oper, the most memorable include ‘Frasquita’/”Carmen”, ‘Gianetta’/”L’elisir d’amore”, ‘Papagena’/”Die Zauberflöte”, ‘Annina’/”La Traviata”, ‘Anna’/”Nabucco”, ‘Hirt’/”Tannhäuser”, ‘Bianca’/”La Rondine”, ‘Sandmännchen/Taumännchen’/”Hänsel und Gretel”, ‘Stimme von oben’/”Don Carlo”, ‘Pamina’/”Die Zauberflöte, ‘Chevriere/Premier Patre’/”Dinorah”, ‘Frantik/Heuschrecke’/”Das schlaue Füchslein”, ‘1 Elf’/”Die ägyptische Helena”, ‘5. Magd’/“Elektra“, ‚Contessa Ceprano’/“Rigoletto“.

She additionally appeared in concert performances, alongside the Berlin Philharmonic, taking part in Massenet’s “Werther”/’Kätchen’ and Meyerbeer’s “Dinorah”/first shepherdess. In October 2015, Elbenita was heard as ‘Bianca’ with the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester, performing in the Prinzregententheater Munich.
In autumn 2016 the artist sings concerts of ‘Pulcinella’ as well as ‘Musetta’/”Scènes de la vie de bohème” both at the Grand Theéâtre de Genève. A strong relationship to the Deutsche Oper Berlin will bring her back for various guest-engagements also in the future.

After winning the first prize in the Riccardo Zandonai Competition, Elbenita was awarded a contract with the Daegu Opera in South Corea, where she performed in November 2015 and looks forward to concerts in Sao Paolo, Brazil at the Sao Pedro Opera House in September 2017. She was also awarded the first prize in the Spiros Argiris Sarzana Festival competition in Italy, 2014.

Elbenita is a graduate of the University of Prishtina, and was awarded her first contract with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Kosovo in 2009, singing many concerts throughout the season. She appears alongside the orchestra as a frequent guest and is looking forward to returning there to sing Beethoven’s C major Mass in November 2016.

 

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