The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
Albanian mezzo-soprano Enkelejda Shkosa was born in Tirana in 1969 and studied there at the Conservatory and Art Academy. After performing in several concerts in Albania, she made her début in Strasbourg in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, then went on to study in Milan and win the 1996 Leyla Gencer international vocal competition in Istanbul.
She has sung in all the major Italian opera houses, in Il viaggio a Reims at the Pesaro festival, in Jonathan Miller's Royal Opera revival of Cosi fan tutte, Verdi's Otello at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Angelina in La Cenerentola at the Theatre de la Monnaie, and sang the Contessa d'Arco in Rossini's rarely heard Mathilde de Shabran at Covent Garden in 2008.
She has collaborated with many conductors, including Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Colin Davis, Daniele Gatti, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Daniel Oren, Antonio Pappano, Evelino Pidò, Donato Renzetti and Marcello Viotti.