The Ears of Midas is a satirical opera in Turkish which is based on Güngör Dilmen’s 1959 play and composed by Ferit Tüzün, between the years 1966-1969. It was staged for the first time in 1969. After all these years it met with the audience one more time in Kadıköy Süreyya Opera House. Istanbul State... Continue Reading →
Some movies give you a pleasant landscape, some a confusing story, and some give you the truth. The truth is often ugly, and the movie demands you to face it. Even though The Normal Heart is a very absorbing movie, the truth it presents is so disturbing that sometimes you might need to pause it... Continue Reading →
Yıldız Ibrahimova and Tanini Trio On October 22,2014, I had the pleasure of hearing Yıldız Ibrahimova with Tanini Trio at Kültür University. Yıldız Ibrahimova, one of the most popular jazz singers in Europe, is a Bulgarian singer of Turkish ancestry. Tanini Trio consists of Tahir Aydoğdu on the canon, Bilgi Canaz on the ney and... Continue Reading →
I was at Kadıköy Süreyya Opera House for the first time. It is one of the rare buildings about art in İstanbul. I love its decoration very much - stairs, chandeliers, frescos on the ceiling and on the walls… It is definitely one of the most noteworthy and beautiful buildings in İstanbul. It was built by Süreyya İlmen Pasha as a theatre, opera and ball room in 1927. The building was rather used as a movie theatre until it underwent a functional restoration and reopened as an opera house by the end of 2007. Now, the opera house is mainly known as the home of Istanbul State Opera and Ballet.
The Oscar-winner cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, Transcendence unites Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany for the second time after The Tourist. While Cillian Murphy and the voice of reason, Morgan Freeman have small parts in the motion picture; Rebecca Hall plays the woman who changes the rules of the game. In this case the game... Continue Reading →