Renowned Italian composer G. Verdi’s opera Ernani is staged by İstanbul State Opera and Ballet in Turkey after 170 years. Ernani, based on the play “Hernani” by Victor Hugo, was first performed in 1844 in Venice and was premiered in Istanbul for the first time in 1846 by Italian performers.
The Istanbul State Opera and Ballet performs “Ernani” at the Süreyya Opera Theater in Kadıköy.
Ernani became Verdi’s most popular opera until it was superseded by Il trovatore after 1853. It is the first opera recorded completely in 1904.
TATV exclusively interviewed Suat Arıkan, the director of İstanbul State Opera and Bale; Zdravko Lazarov, one of the orchestra conductors of Ernani; bass Zafer Erdaş; baritone Cengiz Sayın; and sopranos Evren Ekşioğlu and Burçin Savigne. Mr. Arıkan highlighted that “the Ernani is a difficult opera since it relies heavily on music and singing rather than acting. Therefore singers must have powerful voices. Fortunately, we have a wealth of very talented sopranos, tenors, baritones, and bass in this production.”
Turkish Art and Theater critic Hayati Asılyazıcı also pointed out “the deep rooted opera tradition in Turkey” since the Italian performers staged almost all of the Verdi’s Operas in Istanbul during the 19th century.
Please click here to watch the historic documentary video in Turkish.
A multi-national production, Ernani, is on stage at the Süreyya Opera Theater in Kadıköy until December 17, 2016.
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Turkish American TV host Özge Övün-Sert interviewed conductor Nisan Ak in this segment of the show. Nisan holds a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Aaron Copland School of Music (CUNY).
Enjoy a short video on cruising through the serene Dalyan River and cooling off at Iztuzu Beach, produced by Yasin Ilcebay.
Home of Turquoise, a video on Turkey’s seminal color of turquoise, as the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. Let the stunning turquoise coasts sweep you off your feet and cast into the air by a journey through the exact meaning of “Turquoise.” Dağhan Celayir, director. Alastair King, the orchestrator known from The Martian, Gravity, and Harry Potter.
Sonja Hall talks about their experience with Turkish Kangal breed “Suly” the Sulaiman at the Turkish Festival in Washington DC.
The first woman architect from Princeton University
A graduate of Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, Aliye Çelik received Master of Fine Arts in Architecture degree as the first woman architect from Princeton University in 1970. She earned a doctoral degree from Istanbul Technical University in 1976.
Aliye Çelik had a long and successful career at the United Nations. She was the Chief of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations when she retired in 2005. She has been still active in her architectural career. Dr. Çelik established “the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization” with her colleagues.
With more than 50 years of experience, Dr. Çelik has become an advocate for educating and promoting women leaders in their fields, particularly in architecture.
This interview is based on the academic research project “Hacking the Politics of Gender in Architecture: Aliye Pekin Celik from ‘Old Boys School’ to the United Nations” by Dr. Meral Ekincioğlu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture Program.