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Tansel Akzeybek Tenor

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Biography

Born in Berlin, Tansel Akzeybek grew up in Izmir, Turkey, where he took singing lessons and started learning piano at a young age, before entering the Dokuz-Eylül National Conservatory in Izmir. 

In 1998, he made his operatic debut in Fidelio, in the role of the First Prisoner. He left Turkey to Germany where he got in the Lübeck Academy of Music and studied under Anke Eggers. In 2009 he obtained the Richard Wagner Association's scholarship in Bayreuth, a grant that opened him the door to Dortmund, Bonn, Salzburg and Berlin, where he joined the Komische Oper Ensemble. 

His repertoire includes the roles of Tamino (The Magic Flute), Tony (West Side Story), the title-role in the opera Harry Potter (Murat Göksu), Lindoro (L'italiana in Algeri), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’amore), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Froh (Das Rheingold). 

He worked with various conductors, including Christian Thielemann, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marek Janowski and Andris Nelsons, and has sung on the most prestigious international stages (Salzburg Festival, Bayreuth Festival, Opéra National de Lyon, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile, La Monnaie in Brussels, Shanghai Opera House, Semperoper in Dresde, Grand Théâtre in Geneva…). 

During the 21/22 season, he made his Paris Opera debuts in the role of Andres (Wozzeck). He also sang Tamino, Orpheus (Orpheus in the Underworld) and Pâris (La Belle Hélène) at the Komische Oper in Berlin, and Froh in Cologne.

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