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Soprano, TR

Ecem Topcu

Turkish soprano Ecem Topcu started working at the Samsun State Opera and Ballet immediately after her Bachelor graduation (highest grade) from Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory. She made her professional debut in 2018 as Arsena in Der Zigeunerbaron and in 2019 as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro 

Ecem sung as a soloist at the Gala Concerts, the Season Opening Night Concerts and at the Spring Concerts of Samsun State Opera House with Samsun Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra, Hacettepe University Symphony Orchestra and Izmir State Opera Symphony Orchestra, and the Belgian National Orchestra.  

Ecem sang in several opera and operetta productions such as Rita in Rita, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Ernestina in L’occasione fa il ladro, Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, and Ciboletta in Eine Nacht in Venedig, Vally in Das Land des Lächelns, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. 

She was awarded 3rd Prize at the Young Soloist National Singing Competition 2019 (Izmir) and Honorable Mention in Yalçın Davran National Singing Competition 2019 (Ankara). 

She has taken part in several masterclasses by renowned opera singers and coaches from all around the world (Ailyn Pérez, Wim Henderickx, Lisette Oropesa, Howard Watkins, David Lomelí, Maia Mari Chikradze, Murat Karahan, Ragnar Conde, Sef Thissen, Abdiel Vázquez, Hein Boterberg, Sabrina Avantario, Martin Wölfel, Dietrich Henschel, Filip Rathé, Muriel Corradini, Charlotte Margiono, Jennifer Rowley) and worked with many conductors including Pietro Rizzo, Alejo Pérez, Duncan Ward, Benjamin Haemhouts, Naci Özgüç, Lorenzo Castriota, Tulio Gagliardo Varas, Sunay Muratov, Serdar Yalçın, Andrea Francesco Solinas, Zdravko Lazarof, Kıvanç Tepe, Marco Morrone, Murat Göktaş, Artun Hoinic, Augusto Arias, Mikhail Istrov, and Antonio Pirolli. Further, Ecem worked with directors such as Ivo Van Hove, Peter Konwitschny, Guy Joosten, Wolfgang Gruber, Fanny Gilbert Collet, Frans Willem de Haas, Gürçil Çeliktaş, Evin Atik, Yİğit Günsoy, Haldun Özörten, Zeynep Çelen Tamer, Ayşe Dagistanlı, Şahan Gürkan, Hafız Guliyev, Recep Ayyılmaz, and Stefaan Degand. 

Since 2021, Ecem is a member of the International Opera Academy in Ghent, Belgium. With her fellow students, Ecem has taken part in productions such as LoveMusik, Don Giovanni, Bad Composers and Doem & Verlossing. 

Ecem opened the season 2022-2023 at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen as Mädchen in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (directed by Ivo Van Hove, conducted by Alejo Perez and Duncan Ward). Later this season, Ecem will perform with the members of IOA in The Rape of Lucretia and in A Brief Draft of Human Desires at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen. She will perform as soloist at concerts with the Belgian National Orchestra including Christmas Concert – Mozart Viva la Libertà! (2022) and Carl Nielsen Symphony No.3 (2023, conducted by Michael Schønwandt at BOZAR).  


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