Oriana Kurteshi graduated from the Academy of Arts in Tirana and continued her studies at the Academy of Mantua (Italy). After that she attended the International Summer Academy at the University of Mozart in Salzburg, where she participated in the “Song of America” project lead by the baritone Thomas Hampson. At the age of 23, Oriana debuted at the Teatro alla Scala as Oscar in Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera” (conductor: Riccardo Muti). After a short while, she returned to La Scala to sing Constance in Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites”. Since then, Oriana has been a sought after guest soloist at Teatro Carlo Felice, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Comunale Alighieri, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, The Opera of Cagliari, Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, The Korea National Opera, the Royal Opera of Wallonia, Théâtre du Châtelet, the Israeli Opera, l’Opéra national du Rhin, the National Theatre of Prague as well as many other well-known venues. Her repertoire includes Donizetti’s Adina (“L’elisir d’amore”), Marie (“La fille du Règiment”) and the title role in “Lucia di Lamermoor”, Lisette (Puccini’s “La rondine”), Olga (Giordano’s “Fedora”), Rossini’s Elvira (“L’italiana in Algeri”) and Sofia (“Il Signor Bruschino”), Verdi’s Gilda (“Rigoletto”) and Nannetta (“Falstaff”), Juliette (Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette”), Mozart’s Susanna (“Le nozze di Figaro”) and Papagena (“Die Zauberflöte”). She has worked with many renowned conductors, such as Riccardo Muti, Daniel Oren, Daniele Gatti, Giuliano Carella, Michael Guttler, Patrick Furnillier, Marco Armigliato, Gerard Costner, Marc Elder, Attilo Cremonesi, etc. She has also an extensive oratorio repertoire: the soprano parts in Haydn’s “The Creation” and “The Seasons”, Mozart’s Requiem, “Exsultate jubilate”, “Davide Penitente” and “The Coronatin Mass”, Fauré’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater”, Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, Gounod’s “Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cécile” and many others.
Within the season 2011/12 she received much acclaim for her role of Juliette in Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” at the theatres of Pisa, Ravenna and Trento.