She obtained her bachelor’s degree at the Music Academy of Tirana in Albania while master studies followed at Buchmann-Mehta-School of Music in Tel Aviv, Israel, from where she graduated. At 22 years old she made her operatic debut with the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, at the Albanian State Opera in Tirana, Albania. Flaka has worked under distinguished conductors including Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Ulrich Windfuhr, Pawel Poplawski, Enrico Delamboye, Manfred Mayrhofer and Leslie Suganandarajah among others. With opera directors such as Uwe Eric Laufenberg, Stephen Lawless, Andrea Zogg, Carlos Wagner, Niv Hoffman, Dani Ehrlich, Michal Grover Friedlander among others. She is a winner of the Hildegard Zadek Scholarship Foundation. In Israel, Albania and Austria she appeared also in roles including Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Dido in Dido and Aeneas and many others.
My dear Flaka, thank you very much for accepting my invitation! It’s such a pleasure to be able to chat with you and I hope soon I’ll be able to listen to you performing on stage! Where do my questions find you at the moment? How’s the end of the summer going for you and how do you feel about the next season that’s about to begin?
It is my pleasure dear Bianca to give my interview for the Opera Charm Magazine. Right now I am in at home in Vienna, enjoying the last summer days with my family before the busy season which is waiting for me ahead.
In June-July, you performed Bizet’s Carmen title role in Langenthal Opera Festival in Switzerland. What’s your relationship with this character? What were the particularities of this production?
Carmen is a very complex role. Her beauty is in being seductive, independent, smart, funny but also serious and mysterious. She is definitely a femme fatale with a determination that costs her life. That is why I love this role so much which allows me to go through all these facets during each performance. The production in Langenthal, my 4th one, was a very special one. One the most famous Swiss actor and opera director, Andrea Zogg decided to bring the story of Carmen in the 60s in America with the moon landing as a special event during these years and also with the Hippies that replaced the cigarette fabric and its people in Sevilla. That is why my entrance as Carmen was with the HarleyDavidson, This Open Air production was very special also for the audience who gave us standing ovations 10 times in a row.
Read the entire interview here, in the 5th/2022 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.0