Praised for her “ravishing voice” and “compelling” stage presence [San Diego Story], Turkish-American soprano Öznur Tülüoğlu is establishing herself as a young, rising artist “destined for bigger things,” [San Diego Tribune].
Öznur began the 2022/2023 season making her international debut performing the role of Sandrina in a co-production of La finta giardiniera with Opera Neo and The Hungarian State Opera. Afterwards, she joined Opera Neo as an Apprentice Artist in their San Diego summer festival. She also performed the role of Micaela with Loudoun Lyric Opera’s production of Carmen, and made her house debut with Annapolis Opera as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Öznur made another house debut in the 22/23 season with the Washington National Opera and The Kennedy Center in the production The Ice Cream Truck Is Broken! & Other Emotional Arias. hosted by Renée Fleming and Mo Willems. There, she premiered the role of The Pigeon in Simon Carlos' new operetta, Don't Let the Pigeon Sing Up Late! This upcoming summer, she will return to Opera Neo as an Apprentice Artist performing the role of Aspasia in Mitridate.
Öznur is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio with her Master of Music in opera performance where she studied under the tutelage of Gran Wilson. Notable engagements she performed with the opera studio includes Mrs. Coyle in Britten’s Owen Wingrave alongside the National Orchestral Institute, and Arminda in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. She also premiered the role of Woman 1 in the new work Four Freedoms by Joseph C. Phillips during her time at MOS.
Öznur has placed as a finalist in the Jensen Foundation Competition, Opera Mississippi John Alexander National Vocal Competition and Music International Grand Prix competition. In 2022, she won 3rd place at the AIMS in Graz Vocal Competition.
As a Maryland local, Öznur makes appearances around the DMV area performing in various settings. She has appeared with The Little Patuxent Opera Institute to perform the role of Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.
Öznur earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the New England Conservatory where she made her operatic debut as Damigella in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.
Her enthusiasm for score study expands to music theory, as Öznur worked with published musicologist, Deborah Stein, in completing a minor in music theory with a focus on Schubert Lieder during her studies at NEC.