‘Hamlet’ condensed to its core

The Tiger Lillies Perform Hamlet

By Emma Harper | October 16, 2015

Reading about The Tiger Lillies, a postmodern vaudeville musical trio known for their macabre cabaret, I'm ashamed to admit that images of clownish circus performers ran through my head. So when I walked into their performance of Hamlet at the Zorlu Performing Arts Centre last night, I was expecting camp...
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The sweet sounds of jazz

Highlights of the Akbank Jazz Festival 2015

By Emma Harper | October 13, 2015

The 25th Akbank Jazz Festival is kicking off next week, and with it comes a flurry of concerts, workshops, seminars and children’s events. Unlike the annual IKSV Istanbul Jazz Festival, which sets up shop in the city during the quiet month of July, the Jazz Festival organised by Akbank is...
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Turkey gets Aussie-fied

By Victoria Khroundina | August 31, 2015

From next month until December, events continue as part of the ‘Australia in Turkey 2015’ festival. The biggest celebration of Australian culture in Turkey to date, it aims to enhance social and cultural understanding between the two countries. That it’s being celebrated in the same year as the centenary of...
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‘Gariné’ in London

Dikran Tchouhadjian’s famous opera comes to Arcola Theatre


If you live or find yourself in London on August 14 or 15, the city’s only Turkish theatre, the Arcola in Dalston, is staging a version of Dikran Tchouhadjian’s (1837–1898) Gariné. Considered the first opera composer in the Ottoman Empire and known in his lifetime as ‘the Armenian Verdi’ and...
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Lapping up classical sounds in Gümüşlük

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | July 24, 2015

If you find yourself holidaying in Bodrum or around the Muğla region in the next few weeks, we can’t recommend the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival more strongly. Taking place in the small fishing village of Gümüşlük, the month-long festival is co-curated by Turkey’s leading pianist Gülsin Onay, who, unsurprisingly, delivers...
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Prepare to be spellbound…

The Klasik Keyifler August concert series

By Dayna Tellibayraktar | July 15, 2015

The weekend of August 1 kicks off three weeks of lively music from Klasik Keyifler – a collaboration of devoted musicians, both students and professionals, who will perform concerts in candle-lit caves across Cappadocia. Organiser and renowned violinist Ellen Jewett hopes the 23-day classical music extravaganza will bring together locals,...
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Born to drum

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 24, 2015

On Friday (June 26), we will be launching Cornucopia’s associate editor and music journalist Tony Barrell’s new book Born to Drum: The Truth About the World's Greatest Drummers (HarperCollins). Clem Burke of Blondie describes it as an ‘engaging journey into the wild and wonderful world of drumming’. Interviews range from Phil...
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News for aspiring opera singers

The 8th Leyla Gencer Voice Competition

By Victoria Khroundina | May 14, 2015

There's just two more weeks to apply for this edition of the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) and the Accademia Teatro alla Scala – and named after the first lady of Turkish opera, the late Leyla Gencer – the competition is...
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Classical sounds

The 43rd Istanbul Music Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | May 8, 2015

Turkey’s biggest classical music festival begins at the end of the month, with 27 concerts staged over four weeks. Now in its 43rd edition, the theme this year is ‘Cultural Landscapes’, which is a reference to the nationalist movement that arose due to the strengthening of ties between various European...
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Call for applications: 2015 Arif Mardin Music Fellowship

Deadline: March 1, 2015

By Victoria Khroundina | February 10, 2015

It’s the time of year again when applications are being accepted for the Arif Mardin Music Fellowship. Launched in 2007 by The American Turkish Society (ATS) in memory of the world-renowned producer Arif Mardin (1932–2006) – who was also the Vice Chairman of the ATS for many years – the Fellowship aims...
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Autumn jazz

Highlights of the Akbank Jazz Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | October 23, 2014

A lot more accessible (and in some ways interesting) than the major IKSV-run Istanbul Jazz Festival that takes place during the summer, the Akbank Jazz Festival – with the moniker ‘the city in a state of jazz’ – starts today. Now in its 24th year, this popular jazz festival brings...
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Ahmet Ertegün’s lasting legacy

By Victoria Khroundina | September 25, 2014

Fresh news from the Turkish Cultural Foundation that the young opera singer Önay Kağan Köse is the recipient of the 2014–2015 Ahmet Ertegün Memorial Scholarship. Köse has won the scholarship for the fifth time and in this coming year will be studying under Dr Robert C White Jr, a professor...
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Music to the eyes

‘Plurivocality’ at Istanbul Modern

By Victoria Khroundina | August 5, 2014

As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, Istanbul Modern is exploring the history of visual art in Turkey and in the surrounding region. From January to June, Neighbours examined contemporary art in Turkey and neighbouring countries with close historical, political and/or cultural ties. The latest exhibition focuses on the relationship between visual...
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Sir Edward Elgar in Turkey

Conference and recital

By Victoria Khroundina | June 4, 2014

A special event will take place at the Pera Museum tomorrow at which the music historian and Cornucopia contributor Dr Emre Aracı will honour the great British composer Sir Edward Elgar on the 80th commemoration of his death. Some years back, Aracı came across a diary of Elgar’s in which...
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Dance, dance, dance

By Victoria Khroundina | May 14, 2014

Next Tuesday, this year’s International Dance Festival, now its 15th edition, will open in Bodrum for five days of dancing, music and colour. There will be dance competitions, photography contests, street performances, a parade, cultural workshops and dance parties, all open to the public and all free to attend.  The...
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Sweet harmonies on the Aegean

Ayvalık International Music Academy 2014

By Victoria Khroundina | May 9, 2014

There’s just one month left to apply for the 2014 Ayvalık International Music Academy (AIMA). Founded in 1998 by Prof. Filiz Ali, one of the most dynamic of Turkey’s musicologists, AIMA has blossomed into a centre of musical excellence. As in every year, this year’s line-up of teachers is impressive....
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Smooth sounds, silky vocals

Önder Foçan and Meltem Ege Group ‘Songbook’

By Victoria Khroundina | May 1, 2014

Yesterday was International Jazz Day and to celebrate we have a new jazz CD available from the Cornucopia store. The renowned guitarist Önder Foçan has been playing jazz since 1975 and has been the artistic director of Nardis Jazz Club since 2002. In 2012, he recorded his latest album, Songbook,...
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TCF Fellowships

Applications now open

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 23, 2014

A good thing to keep in the back of the mind is the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s (TCF) fellowship programme. There are two types: the Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art and the Cultural Exchange Fellowship.  The TCF Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art has provided funding to young and established scholars since...
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Rigoletto in Naples 1924 (Ankara Opera)

A personal opinion

By Haluk Direskeneli | March 24, 2014

Money doesn’t buy everything, but it can buy you an opera ticket, and when Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto was staged six times as part of Ankara State Opera’s 2013–14 season, I was there to see all six performances. Opera critics in Turkey are expected to be graduates of the conservatory and...
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Opera in Ankara

An ‘Abduction’ in many tongues

By Haluk Direskeneli | March 10, 2014

One has to admire Yekta Kara’s staging of The Abduction from the Seraglio at the Ankara State Opera House. I was frankly sceptical about her previous productions, which I found unusual, not to say maverick. This is different. It is, in a word, fantastic. Elsewhere in the world, all the...
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