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Attila Manizade

Attila Manizade

Attila Manizade (Photo, courtesy of EMU)

Born in Cyprus, Attila Manizade finished Istanbul Technical University with a degree in Architecture, as well as Istanbul State Conservatory. After his graduation he went on to study opera in Germany under the supervision of Professor A. Mayer. While in Germany he gave several concerts and recitals. After his studies in Germany he went to Turkey where he joined the Istanbul State Opera, where he still now works as the lead male bass soloist. He then became the director of the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, in 1980 for a year. Manizade currently, while still working at the Opera, also lectures at the Istanbul State Conservatory.

Apart from performing such dramatic roles such as King Phillip (Don Carlos), Attila, Zaccaria (Nabuco), Silva (Ernani), Mephistopheles (Faust), Salieri (Mozart and Salieri), Rocco (Fidelio), Attila Manizade also performed such buffo roles as Don Pasquale, Don Basilio (Barber of Seville), Mustafa (An Italian Girl in Algeria), Figaro (Marriage of Figaro), Leporello (Don Giovanni), and Osman (Abduction from Seraglio).

Attila ManizadeHis best known role, namely Osman in The Abduction from the Seraglio won him international acclaim; he performs this role every year at the famous International Arts Festival in its original setting of the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul.

Manizade's extensive repertoire includes works of Verdi, Beethoven, and Adnan Saygun. He gave concerts in many countries including: England, Turkey, North Cyprus, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russia, Egypt, USA, and Peoples Republic of China.