- Zana Shuteriqi Prela
(b Tirana, Albania, June 27, 1963). Albanian soprano . She graduated in 1986 from the Higher Institute of Arts in Tirana, where she studied with her mother, who was a professor there. In 1987 she won the Singer of Albania competition, and then the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest, the Grand Prix ‘Madam Butterfly’ in Barcelona, and the Placido Domingo International Voice Competition in Paris. During 1993, with Domingo, she toured Europe and the USA, which opened the doors to cooperation with important theatres and conductors. From the early days of her career, she excelled in several Verdi-repertory roles: Oscar in Un Ballo in mascara (Opera of Monte Carlo); Nanetta in Falstaff (La Scala, the Ravenna Festival, etc.); Gilda in Rigoletto (Verona Arena, Music Center of Los Angeles, etc.); Violetta in La traviata (Deutsche Oper Berlin, New National Theatre in Tokyo, Covent Garden in London, etc.). Other roles in her repertory include: ...