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Nazan Fikret

Soprano

Nazan Fikret was born in the UK to Turkish and Irish parents and is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is a former Making Music AYCA Winner, a Britten Pears Young Artist and a recipient of an International Opera Awards Bursary.

In the current season she returns to English Touring Opera as Clorinda La Cenerentola and in spring 2024, Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress.

Among her recent highlights are First Lady The Magic Flute (Welsh National Opera); Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte (Glyndebourne, Opera på Skäret, Garsington Opera); Elin Agreed, a new community opera (Glyndebourne); acclaimed performances as Teofane Ottone and Blonde The Abduction from the Seraglio (English Touring Opera); and Arasse Siroe, re de Persia and Handel’s Messiah (Nederlandse Reisopera).

Nazan made her operatic debut at the age of thirteen singing Flora The Turn of the Screw in Elijah Moshinsky’s production at Wilton’s Music Hall. She went on to sing the role in Aix-en-Provence (Luc Bondy / Daniel Harding), subsequently touring to La Monnaie, Le Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Theater an der Wien and Edinburgh Festival. She also performed the role for the Nederlandse Reisopera (Stephen Langridge), and while a student at the GSMD for English National Opera and Teatro Real (David McVicar).

Her operatic roles include Diane Disney The Perfect American by Philip Glass, in the world première at the Teatro Real and for English National Opera; Ninetta La Périchole (Garsington Opera); Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / European Opera Centre; How the Whale Became by Julian Philips (Royal Opera House); Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice (Longborough Festival Opera); Madame Herz The Impresario (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Queen of the Night The Magic Flute (Wexford Festival Opera and Rota das Artes, Lisbon); and Governess The Turn of the Screw (Seastar Opera). Roles covered include Wendy Peter Pan by Richard Ayres, and Angelika Figaro Gets a Divorce by Elena Langer (Welsh National Opera); Fiorilla Il turco in Italia (Garsington Opera); and Queen of the Night (English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera).

Nazan has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In-Tune in The Lads in their Hundreds, in concert with Iain Burnside; sang the soprano solo for the Turkish Hymn (Arditi) for the Turkish Presidential visit to London. Her concert appearances include Handel Messiah (Theatre Carré, Amsterdam) and recitals for Oxford Lieder, as a finalist in the Das Lied competition and as a Making Music Young Concert Artist. She also performed as a soloist aboard HMS Havengore for the Queen Elizabeth II’s Official 90th Birthday River Pageant.

Steven Swales Artist Management represents Nazan Fikret worldwide

Reviews

Queen of the Night / The Magic Flute / Nevill Holt Festival / 2024
“Nazan Fikret [who] powers through the Queen of the Night’s ledger lines with tremendous zest and admirable precision.”
(The Times)

“The sheer strength of Nazan Fikret’s soprano, coupled with the precision in her phrasing and some excellent coloratura in ‘Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen’, make her a formidable Queen of the Night.”
(MusicOMH)


Anne Trulove / The Rake’s Progress / English Touring Opera / 2024
“Nazan Fikret, a silver-toned soprano whose growing reputation is built on the unaffected beauty of her voice and the intelligence with which she deploys it.”
(Opera)

“Nazan Fikret brings vocal firmness and dexterity to Anne Trulove, rounding off Act I with a redoubtable top C: one of the most dangerously exposed high notes in the whole soprano repertoire.”
(The Stage)

“It was Nazan Fikret’s strong yet touching performance as Anne Trulove that really anchored the performance.”
(Planet Hugill)


Teofane / Ottone / English Touring Opera / 2022
“Nazan Fikret gives a standout performance as the deceived and bewildered princess, captivating throughout both vocally and dramatically.”
(The Stage)

“Nazan Fikret sang with a luminous beauty that sent my eyebrows northwards… just revel in Fikret’s voice. Already an established talent, she’s en route to the top and on this showing she’s practically there.”
(Bachtrack)

“…a fine performance indeed.”
(Planet Hugill)

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