New Signing: Ilker Arcayürek

14 January 2019

MRM is delighted to welcome Austrian tenor Ilker Arcayürek for general management. Hailed by the press for his “golden tenor” (Opera Now Magazine) and quickly establishing himself “in a class of his own” (The Guardian), Ilker has emerged as one of the most exciting and versatile vocal artists in recent years. He is a winner of the International Art Song Competition of Germany’s Hugo Wolf Academy, a finalist of the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Champs Hill Records released his first solo album “Der Einsame” featuring Schubert songs and accompanied by Simon Lepper in 2017 to great critical acclaim.

Ilker’s 2018-19 season was launched with his recital debut at the Edinburgh International Festival and the opening of the Copenhagen Opera Festival, where he appeared in concert followed by a recital performance. A recital tour in February 2019 sees him make his highly anticipated US recital debut at the Park Avenue Armory in New York and with San Francisco Performances, accompanied by pianist Simon Lepper. He also returns to perform recitals at Wigmore Hall as well as complete cycles of Schubert’s Winterreise at the Innsbruck Festwochen and the Bibliotheksaal Polling. On the opera stage he makes his debut with Opera Graz as Lyonel in Flotow’s Martha, and as the title role in Weber’s Oberon, as well as returning to the Volksoper Wien in Lortzing’s Zar und Zimmermann. He will make his US operatic debut in the role of Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at Santa Fe Opera in summer 2019.

Concert performances this season will take Ilker Arcayürek to London’s Royal Albert Hall in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by performances and a recording of the work for Naxos Records with the Danish Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Adam Fischer. Further highlights of the season include his debut at Bozar’s Klarafestival singing Liszt’s Faust Symphony with the Orchestre National de Belgique and Hugh Wolff, his debut with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the baton of Mariss Jansons in Bruckner’s Mass in F minor, and performances of Thomas Larcher’s A Padmore Cycle with the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck.

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