Opera program in Turkey in 2014-2015 Season
Outdoor summer festivals are over. We're going to have the new season.
Let's see what's new?
you might be able to follow theprograms far in advance in other opera houses.
But in Turkish opera houses, this is not possible. Top management programs are too late. You can only know the program 15-days or 1- month before at best.
Official web site dobgm.gov.tr is recently renewed for new season. But it is still not finalized si ce ost programs are not officially announced. From various sources, we have gathered the new opera program but it is still not final yet.
We have great opera works in izmir opera house.
Season starts on 1st october with Verdi's "Aida" opera.
Then we shall have Puccini's "Madame Butterfly".
This year "Tosca" will be on stage. Brahams's "Requem" will be performed in concert.
In the current repertoire, we have
Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" and "Regiment's Daughter",
Bellini's "La Sonnambula" (Sleepwalking Girl).
We should see all of them multiple times to compare different casts.
The number of opera locations are now reached to 5(five) now. Alhambra, Sabanci cultural center, Ahmet Adnan Saygun cultural center, Karsiyaka, Bostanli. In addition, we have university auditoriums, and ancient theatres as available venues for opera performances.
Ankara State Opera house performed Mozart's "Abduction from the Seraglio" in Sicily's Taormina city Opera festival on 6th September.
Ankara Opera house will open the new season with Bizet's "Carmen" on 1st October.
In the repertoire, we shall have
Verdi's "Rigoletto", "Macbeth" and "Attila",
Strauss "The Bat", "Die fledermause"
Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and "Abduction from the Seraglio".
We have learnt that Wagner's "Das Rheingold" opera is in preperation in early 2015.
Ballets "Zorba", "Count Dracula" and "Coppelia" will be on staged again.
We have opera concerts in Bilkent, Odeon, Congressium and Presidential Symphony.
Istanbul Sureyya opera house will perform
Britten's "Evil Cycle",
Salierre "first music",
Mozart's "Opera Director",
Donizetti "love portion",
Strauss "Ariadne of Naxos "
Offenbach" Hoffman's tales",
Rossini "La Cenerentola" (Cinderella)
The biggest opera house in istanbul, Ataturk cultural center in Taksim square is still in never ending renovation. Fulya and Bakirkoy new concert halls are suitable for opera performances, but they still do not have regular opera programs yet.
Istanbul Zorlu Center for the Performing Arts (Zorlu PSM) will host London Royal Opera House artists to perform Puccini's "La Boheme" on 18-20-22-24 January 2015. Tickets are available to buy from internet, and Prices are changing between 95-350₺. Zorlu PSM is an entirely commercial identity with 2500 audience capacity.
A city can not be an international commercial center without an opera house, whatever the great population it has. Your application for nomination to organise Large commercial conferences, olympics, Expo fairs are not possible if your city has no opera house. So an architectural landmark opera house construction is essential for istanbul, if we wish to make it a center for international commercial and financial center in the world.
In Samsun, the recent opera performances are
Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow",
Mozart "The Magic Flute"
In Repertoire, we shall have,
Puccini "Madame Butterfly" and "La Boheme".
Season will start on 24 September with Carl Orf's "Carmina Burana" concert on stage.
In Mersin, in the historical cultural center from late Ottoman, Levantine Period, we shall have,
Puccini "La Boheme" and "Madame Butterfly",
In Antalya, in the Modern Culture center, we shall have following operas in the repertoire.
Verdi "La Traviata,"
Mozart "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Don Giovanni",
Ali Hoca "Tulip Craze",
Rossini " A Turk in Italy "will be on stage.
If we shall be in a metropolitan city with an opera house for any reason such as business meeting, seminar, fair, conference, we have to check for an opera program at least 15-days or 1-month earlier to buy tickets at night for opera.
One should not limit for local operas, but should check opera programs in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Paris, london, newyork, milano as well. On business trips overseas, an opportunity to see an opera performance would be great gain.
YouTube releases past opera performances in full. Munich opera house broadcasts live opera performance almost every month. London Royal opera house, NewYork metropolitan opera house have similar internet broadcasts with some paid subscribtions.
You should not go to opera performances unprepared. You should listen to its music at home, in the car, at work, by playing cassettes, CD, iPod, mp3 player, radio, PC, whatever you have. You can open up youtube on you PC, nonstop multiple tomes for at least 2-3 days prior to the live performance you will watch on stage. Each note of music, each melody should be in your mind. It is not necessary to take conservatory training in order to enjoy opera music.
Opera performances are to get critics, good or bad, not important. If there is no critics, it is not good. On the other hand, we critics are not supposed to love every performance.
We should buy program booklet. One for each audience is to be distributed. Do not try to read the booklet prior to opera performance. You should read the topic much earlier. Do not try to read the digital translations. Enjoy the live music.
After the opera performance, spend half an hour in nearby coffee shop, drink black coffeee with no sugar to keep yourself awake while driving. In the meantime, crowd is dispersed, it becomes easier to drive or find a taxi to return home.
If you have any recommendations, news, warnings, corrections, comments on opera programs, please do write to me. My E-mail address; "Halukdireskeneli at gmail dot com"
Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public and, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP, Entergy), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as a freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of METU Alumni and the Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.