"She is capable of expressing anything that exists in this world." - Holger Falk
„The moments in which great music flows through me and my audience, when I can express my inner feelings and a real bond is formed, these moments are what I live for as a singer.“
In these words, young Turkish Mezzo-Soprano Feride Büyükdenktas describes her existential approach to music.After winning two of the country’s most important vocal competitions and being a well connected member of Istanbul’s music scene, her path as one of Turkey’s most aspiring young opera singers seemed clear. However, to set the path for her international career, she moved to Austria to continue her studies with Ulf Bästlein, Holger Falk and Robert Heimann at the Kunstuniversität Graz.
Recent engagements have led her to the Opera Houses of Stuttgart, Klagenfurt and Graz as well as the Istanbul State Opera. Her roles include Bradamante in Händel's "Alcina", Cherubino in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Annio in Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito”, Sorceress in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel”, Dorothée in Massenet’s “Cendrillon” and the title role in Bononcini’s “La Decollazione di San Giovanni Battista”.
She had the privilege to work with many great conductors and directors, amongst whom are David Hermann, Florentine Klepper, Marco Štorman, Eva-Maria Höckmayr, Cesare Lievi, Nicholas Carter, Attilio Cremonesi,
Keri-Lynn Wilson, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Christoph Eschenbach, Helmuth Rilling, Fazıl Say.
Art Songs, and especially the German Lied, are next to Opera Artist‘s greatest passion. Masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender and Christoph Prégardien further deepened her understanding and fascination for this genre and she is now giving recitals with leading pianists like Julius Drake and Charles Spencer. She has performed in such prestigious venues as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Musikverein Graz and recitals at the Eppaner Liedsommer and Mahler Festival Amsterdam showcase her outstanding work.
Feride Büyükdenktas ist not only a winner of the “Young Opera Singers Competition” in Izmir and the “Nordfriesischen Liedpreis des Landes Schleswig-Holstein” but has also been a scholar of the State of Styria.