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 tenured Professor of Voice at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg (University of Music Würzburg, Germany). She was a tenured Professor of Voice at the University of Music Trossingen from 2013 until her appointment in Würzburg began in October, 2019.
Ms. Coku received a 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: October, 2019
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