P raised 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].
Turkish-American soprano, Öznur Tülüoğlu, 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.
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.
In 2021, Öznur began competing and has placed as a finalist in the 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. In more recent engagements, she collaborated with pianist, Fang Goh, to curate a local recital called “The Exquisite Hour” in which they performed obscure selections inspired by the moon. Excited by collaborations and new music, Öznur also seeks to work with composers by premiering their works in concert and commissioning pieces.
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.