Opera Festival in Aphrodisias » Expat Guide Turkey
The Izmir State Opera and Ballet Orchestra took the stage for the first time in the concert held in the ancient city of Aphrodisias, which has a history of over 2,000 years in the Karacasu district of Aydin. In the concert, which was the scene of unforgettable moments, Turkish works were performed in addition to works of Western classical music, accompanied by conductor Vladimir Lungu.
Izmir Opera and Ballet conductor Vladimir Lungu spent an unforgettable evening accompanied by soprano Nazlı Alptekin, Filiz Gunes, Derya Kircali Gurluk, tenor Burak Dabakoglu, baritone Murat Duyan, Bas Hasan Alptekin and Teyfik Rhodes. The event, which took place on the stage in front of Tetrapylon, the symbol of Aphrodisias, was well attended. At the concert, where many members of Karacasulu and protocol showed great interest, the opera singers’ unique performances in the historic city were also featured. Zeybek’s music also added color to the night of the concert, during which popular works of Turkish music were performed as well as works of classical Western music. At the end of the evening, all the soloists took the stage and sang the song ‘My Country’ and the audience accompanied them. The people in the concert area wanted these concerts to continue, which they followed with great pleasure.
Works from famous operas
Speaking after the concert, soloist Teyfik Rhodes said: “We enjoyed being with you tonight. We attended a very nice concert with our orchestra in this beautiful environment in this ancient environment and our audience left this concert very happy. We will play a quartet tomorrow. These concerts are becoming traditional here. I think Aydın and Karacasu audiences will have a great time. First, we have included Turkish works. We also sang big name songs. Classic Western music works in the world of classical opera. For example, there were works from the opera Carmen and the operetta Sendul. Our focus here is both Turkish and Turkish. and try to present classical works to our listeners.