Nazan Fikret

Award: Career Development Bursary

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: London


Nazan Fikret was born in the UK to Turkish and Irish parents. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Penelope Mackay and later Yvonne Kenny. Nazan is a 2015 Making Music AYCA Winner, Concordia Foundation Artist, a Britten Pears Young Artist and a recipient of an International Opera Awards Bursary.

In the current season performances include the Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte for the Rota das Artes Festival in Lisbon, Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice for Longborough Festival Opera, as well as being an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera. Further ahead Nazan will perform Arasse Siroe and Juliette Die tote Stadt for the Nederlandse Reisopera

Highlights in recent seasons include Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / European Opera Centre, Karolka Jenůfa for Longborough Festival Opera and How the Whale Became by Julian Philips at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre. Additionally, Nazan has covered the Queen of the Night The Magic Flute, Wendy Peter Pan by Richard Ayres, and Angelika Figaro Gets a Divorce by Elena Langer, all for Welsh National 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 and performed Walton songs at the City of London Festival. Her concert appearances include Britten The Company of Heaven for Canterbury Choral Society, as well as various recitals and oratorios as a Making Music Young Concert Artist. She also performed as a soloist aboard HMS Havengore for the Queen's Official 90th Birthday River Pageant.