Interview with Mehmet N. Arkan

            After watching Sylvia for the first time, one dancer took my attention, and he was Mehmet Nuri Arkan. Although I did not know the names of the dancers, I checked the board on which the cast was presented. The reason why he caught my attention was I always thought ballet as a disciplined dance... Continue Reading →

La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

Gioacchino Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola is staged by Istanbul State Opera and Ballet at Kadikoy Sureyya Opera House in Italian and subtitled in Turkish. Jacopo Ferretti wrote librettos of La Cenerentola by adapting the story of French writer Charles Perrault’s fairy tale Cendrillon (Cinderella). The opera was first staged in Rome's Teatro Valle in 1817; and now it... Continue Reading →

The Ears of Midas

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 →

Ariadne on Naxos

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.

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