Elbenita Kajtazi

Although only 26 years old, the soprano Elbenita Kajtazi, a native of Mitrovica, Kosovo, has already performed in some of Europe’s most important opera houses. Most recently, in March 2018, she won the Audience Prize and the 3rd prize at the first ever Glyndebourne Opera Cup. She adds these distinctions to the past prizes she has won, such as the first prize of the ‘Riccardo Zandonai Competition’ and the first prize in the ‘Spiros Argiris Sarzana Festival Competition’ in Italy, 2014.

Within just four years, Elbenita Kajtazi has gone from being one of the youngest members of the Young Artists program at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, to becoming a member of the Aalto- Musiktheater in Essen, to looking forward to joining the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera as of their 2018/19 season, with commitments for leading roles.

In the Summer 2016, she made her Salzburg Festival debut as a member of the Young Singers Project, performing alongside Plácido Domingo and the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchester as ‘Crobyle’ in Massenets “Thaïs”. As of the 2016/17 season, she joined the ensemble of the Aalto- Musiktheater in Essen. Here, she has had the opportunity to make important role debuts, including performances of ‘Adina’/”L’elisir d’amore”, ‘Pamina’/”Magic Flute”, ‘Violetta’/ ”La Traviata”, ‘Liu’/”Turandot”, ‘Gretel’/”Hänsel and Gretel”, ‘‘Musetta’/”La Bohème”,’Adele’/”Die Fledermaur”,and ‘Annina’/”Eine Nacht in Venedig”. Recent highlights include her successful debut at the Semperoper Dresden as ‘Pamina’, as well as participating in various concerts with works such as Bach’s “Magnificat” at the Philharmonia Essen.

Additionally, she has taken part in concert performances of the Berlin Philharmonic as ’Kätchen’ Massenet’s “Werther” and as as ’first shepherdess’ in Meyerbeer’s “Dinorah”. In October 2015, Elbenita Kajtazi was heard as ‘Bianca’ with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchester, performing in the Prinzregententheater Munich. In the Autumn 2016, the artist sang concerts of ‘Pulcinella’ as well as ‘Musetta’/”Scènes de la vie de bohème” both at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

During the two preceding seasons, from 2014/15, Elbenita Kajtazi held a Young Artist fellowship at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Within the context of this engagement, she sang ‘Frasquita’/”Carmen”, ‘Gianetta’/”L’elisir d’amore”, ‘Papagena’/”Magic Flute”, ‘Annina’/”La Traviata”, ‘Anna’/”Nabucco”, ‘Shepherd’/”Tannhäuser”, ‘Bianca’/”La Rondine”, ‘Sandmännchen’ and ‘Taumännchen’/”Hänsel and Gretel”, ‘Voice from above’/”Don Carlo”, ‘Pamina’, ‘Chevrière’ and ‘Premier Pâtre’/”Dinorah”, ‘Frantik’ and ‘Grasshopper’/”Cunning little vixen”, ‘First Elf/”The Egyptian Helena”, ‘5. Maiden’/“Elektra“‚ Contessa Ceprano’/“Rigoletto“.

As of 2018/19 Elbenita Kajtazi will join the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera for two years. A guest engagement will take her to the Opera of Santiago de Chile as ‘Sophie’/”Der Rosenkavalier” Continuing her ongoing relationship with the Deutsche Oper Berlin will see her returning for various guest-engagements.

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. A major highlight was participating in their staging of Beethoven’s “C major Mass” in November 2016.