The Siemens Arts Program this week invited representatives of the New York music and arts scene to meet the young opera singer and find out about Siemens' cultural projects. İlkin Alpay came to prominence last year as the winner of the Siemens Opera Contest in Turkey. The public was particularly impressed by the joyous aria 'Je veux vivre' from the opera 'Roméo et Juliette' by Charles Gounod, one of the songs this talented singer performed with great passion.
A year ago İlkin Alpay was still studying at Başkent University in Ankara. After she won the 2016 Siemens Opera Contest in Istanbul, her career really took off. Her debut was on October 22 at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe in the role of Gianetta in Donizetti's 'L'elisir d'amore' (The Elixir of Love). This marked the start of a stint at the Staatstheater's opera studio for the 2017 season. In April she will begin her studies at the University of Music in Karlsruhe.
Hers is an unusual timeline: The young soprano has made it to the world's premier concert hall – before her professional singing career has officially begun! So her appearance in New York is the high point of her experience to date, and it's down to support from the Siemens Arts Program. Stephan Frucht, Artistic Director of the Siemens Arts Program, on the subject of fostering talent: "It's always been important for Siemens to attract and support young talent from all spheres. We work to provide them with the basis for developing their own creativity."
The nineteenth Siemens Opera Contest is being held this year in Istanbul between May 22 and 25. The application stage is already in full swing.
Hueseyin Gelis, CEO of Siemens Turkey, on the Siemens Opera Contest: "Creativity isn't restricted to research, technology or IT. Our aim at Siemens is to spark an exchange between all creative areas of life. It's what drives us."