Biography

Soprano Alexandra Coku has enjoyed international acclaim as an opera and concert singer

for almost three decades. She has been most celebrated for her interpretations of Mozart's

and Handel's heroines. She has sung Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in more than 110

performances in such major international opera houses as the Bayerische Staatsoper, Frankfurt Opera, Cologne Opera, Düsseldorf Opera, Houston Grand Opera and

New York City Opera. She has sung the Contessa Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro

in Dresden's Semperoper, Opéra de Marseille, Théâtre du Capitôle Toulouse, Cologne,

Düsseldorf and Pittsburgh Opera. She has also sung Mozart's Fiordiligi in Düsseldorf,

Théâtre de Champs-Élysées Paris, Vienna Staatsoper and Staattheater Nürnberg, Donna

Elvira in Zurich Opera and Opéra du Rhôn Strasbourg, Constanze in Düsseldorf, Elettra in

Paris (Champs-Élysées), Düsseldorf and Chicago, Sandrina (La Finta Giardiniera) in

Frankfurt, Ismene (Mitridate, re di Ponto) in Amsterdam and Celia (Lucio Silla) at the San

Francisco Opera. Ms. Coku has had starring roles in many European and American

festivals, among them singing the title role in Handel’s Agrippina at Zurich Opera under

Mark Minkowski, Teatro Sao Carlos Lisbon and Glimmerglass Festival Opera, and

Rosmene in Handel’s Imeneo at the Händel Festival Halle. She triumphed as Lora in

Wagner’s Die Feen at both the Dresden and Ludwigsburg Festivals. At Houston Grand

Opera, Ms. Coku made her acclaimed debut, alongside Susan Graham, as Ginevra in

Handel’s Ariodante. Among her other notable roles are Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter

Grimes, Antonia and Giulietta in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Euridice in

Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, with which she made her debut at the Royal Opera House,

Covent Garden, in a Production of the Komische Opera Berlin, under the direction of Harry Kupfer.

 

In 2009, Ms. Coku earned critical acclaim for her moving Marschallin in Strauss’s Der

Rosenkavalier in Bern, Switzerland, followed by a European tour of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte

with Cercle de l’Harmonie under the baton of rising star Jérémie Rhorer. In 2010-2011 she

returned to Lisbon's Teatro Sao Carlos for the title role in Agostino Steffani’s Niobe,

Regina di Tebe.

 

In 2011 Ms. Coku celebrated a triumphant success for her gripping portrayal of Elettra in

Mozart's Idomeneo in a new production by Stephane Braunschweig at the Théâtre des

Champs-Élysées, again conducted by Jeremie Rhorer. Immediately following she joined

forces with Baroque expert, Emanuelle Haim, as the title role role in Handel's Agrippina in

a new production at the Opera Dijon and Opera National de Lille and received rave reviews

for her virtuosic and terrifying portrayal.

 

Most recently Ms. Coku sang Michaela in Bizet's Carmen at the Vlaamse Opera in a

controversial new production by American stage director, Daniel Kramer, and conducted by

rising star, Dimitri Jurowski.

 

An active concert and recording artist, Alexandra Coku has been a regular guest of the

Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Berliner Konzerthaus. She made

her debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the

2010-2011 season to critical acclaim and returned to Boston last season for Haydn's

Paukenmesse. Her recordings include Schumann’s “Das Paradies und die Peri” under the

direction of John Eliot Gardiner for Deutsche Grammaphone, Mahler’s 4th Symphony with

the Netherlands Philharmonic under the direction of Hartmut Haenchen, Mendelssohn’s

Elias with the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra under the direction of Sylvain Cambreling, Dvorak

Stabat Mater (world debut recording of the original version) with Accentus, conducted by

Laurence Equilbey, a new recording of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Aachen

Sinfonie Orchester, Marcus Bosch conducting, and a world premiere recording of Eduard

Marsxen Lieder with American pianist, Anthony Spiri. Her latest recording of Beethoven

concert arias with Jermie Rhorer and the Cercle de l'Harmonie: Beethoven - Birth of a

Master has received widespread critical acclaim.

 

Alexandra Coku is a full Professor of Voice at Germany's University of Trossingen.

Ms. Coku received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Stanford

University under full scholarship and a Master of Music degree, also under a full scholarship from Indiana University, where she studied with Professor Margaret Harshaw.

Last update: February, 2016

Prof. Alexandra Coku

Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen

Schultheiß-Koch-Platz 3

D-78647 Trossingen

info@alexandracoku.com

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