Deniz UZUN
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Mezzo-soprano Deniz Uzun was raised in Mannheim, Germany, and started with singing lessons at the age of ten with Annette Grossmann at the local School of Music where she received scholarships from the 'Domhof Stiftung' and the 'Wilhelm-Müller-Stiftung' for winning a number of awards at the national music competition 'Jugend Musiziert'.

Further scholarships and music grants include the 'Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung' and the 'Richard-Wagner-Verband' during her precollege time at University of Music in Karlsruhe with Prof. Maria Venuti and her undergraduate studies in the bachelor-voice program of the University of Music in Mannheim with Prof. Snezana Stamenkovic. Since 2012 she has been coached by Oylun Erdayi (Turkey/Ankara) in addition to master classes with Edith Wiens, Margreet Honig and Corradina Caporello.

Before and during her studies she performed at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and sang Armelinde /"Cendrillon" at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival 2013 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year she was invited to the Lied-Academy of the Spring Festival Heidelberg to work as a scholar with Thomas Hampson and Thomas Quasthoff.

Since fall 2013 Uzun has been studying with Andreas Poulimenos and Carol Vaness at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, as an Artistic-Diploma student and has been awarded with the 'Artistic Excellence Award' of the Indiana University and the prestigious 'Georgina-Joshi Fellowship'.

She made her debuts as Isabella in Rossini's "L'italiana in Algeri" (fall 2014) and as Ruggiero in Handel's "Alcina" (spring 2015) at Indiana-University Opera. During the Spring Festival 2015 in Baden-Baden Deniz Uzun gave her role-debut as Annina in "La Traviata" with Olga Peretyatko as Violetta, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado and directed by Rollando Villazon. Subsequently she was attending the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie at Neumarkt, a full-scholarship summer program organized by Prof. Edith Wiens.

In 2015/16 season Deniz Uzun was a member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she sang Junge Nonne /"Der feurige Engel", Kammerzofe Emilias /"Die Sache Makropulos", Echo II /"Hänsel and Gretel", Adelige Waise /"Der Rosenkavalier" amongst others. With her outstanding interpretation of Florence Pike in the new production of Brittens "Albert Herring", Deniz Uzun was enthusiastically acclaimed both by public and press.

Since 2016/17 she has been a principal of the Opera Zurich, where she successfully sang e.g. titel role /"L’enfant et les sortileges"‚ Jacob /"Gold", Sonetka /"Lady Macbeth von Mzensk", Alisa /"Lucia di Lammermoor", Hänsel /"Hänsel and Gretel", Russian and Georgian songs for the ballet "Anna Karenina", Lucilla /"La scala di Seta", Zelim /"La verita in cimento", Ino /"Semele", Krista /"Vec Makropulos".

Guest engagements brought Deniz Uzun back to the Festival Baden-Baden with Isabella /"L’italiana in Algeri" in a version for children, to the Festspiele at the Munich State Opera as Alisa /"Lucia di Lammermore" and to Salzburg Mozarteum with a recital.
In June 2019 she sang Beethoven’s "Symphony No. 9" with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra in Limassol and was highly acclaimed in both her role debut as Lola /"Cavalleria Rusticana" and with a gala concert at the Jurmala Festival. Another highlight were the concerts of Beethoven’s "Symphony No. 9" under the baton of Fabio Luisi and the Danish National Symhony Orchestra in Copenhagen. Furthermore, she made her Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Fabio Luisi) debut singing Page in concert performances of "Salome" in Dallas.
In summer 2020 Deniz Uzun made her Salzburg Festival debut where she sang Third maid in "Elektra" (Franz Welser-Möst; Krzysztof Warlikowski).

Deniz Uzun won several prices, like the 'Charlotte-Hamel Prize' at the 41st National Singers Contest Berlin 2012, being the youngest participant. Moreover, she has recently won two significant awards: the 'Best Singer Award 2016' of Semiha Berksey Opera Foundation as well as the 'Leyla Gencer Prize' (Golden Oprphée) awarded by the Académie Nationale du Disque Lyrique. At the 'Belvedere Competition in 2018' she won two special prizes, one of it includes an engagement of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Future projects include Olga /"Eugen Onegin" (Opera Zurich; Dallas Symphony) and Bradamante /"Alcina" (Opera Zurich), Mattilda / "Ottone" (Haendel-Festival Karlsruhe) and Mahler’s "Symphony No. 2" (Danish Radio Symphony).



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