Teuta Koço

Samling Artist Programme: 2008

Teuta Koço was born in Albania and at the age of 12 moved to England where she gained a place at Chetham’s School of Music to study piano and singing.

At 18 she was awarded a scholarship to study voice at the Royal Northern College of Music where she subsequently won the Claire Croiza Prize for French Song in 2000, The Frederick Cox Award for Singing in 2003 and the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize in 2004.

In November 2004 she won Second prize in the Centre for Contemporary Opera International Competition in New York, which lead to a Carnegie Hall recital in February 2006. More recently, she became the first recipient of the Leonard Ingrams Foundation Award 2007.

She moved from the RNCM to Glyndebourne Opera in 2004 for the Festival season and in September of that year took up her place at the CNIPAL Young Artists Programme in Marseille – France. Opera roles include Eufrosinein Cesti’s Il Pomo d’Oro (Batignano Festival), Cupid in Rameau’s Hippolytus and Aricie (the Yorke Trust), Asteria in Handel’s Tamerlano (R.N.C.M), Woglinde in Wagner’s Das Rhinegold (the Edinburgh Players), Girl in Victor Ullman’s The Emperor of Atlantis (Hallé Orchestra), Elvira in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri (Mannanan Opera), Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano), Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone (Ludlow Arts Festival), Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Franziska in Strauss’ Wiener Blut (Clonter Opera), Lubanara in Mozart’s The Philosopher’s Stone (Garsington Festival Opera), Papagena for Grand Théatre de Reims, l’Opera d’Avignon, Opera de Vichy and Grange Park Opera and First Lady in the new film version of The Magic Flute, directed by Kenneth Branagh and conducted by James Conlon.

Future operatic engagements include Despina for Garsington Festival Opera and Adina for Clonter Opera.