Semiha Berksoy: Google Doodle celebrates first Turkish Muslim female opera singer’s 109th Birthday


Semiha Berksoy became a doodle on its 109th birthday celebration and is called by Google. Recognized as the first Turkish female opera singer, Semiha Berksoy was the first Muslim female to sing opera professionally in Turkey, is otherwise called a painter for her career. Semiha Berksoy’s life is full of success.

Who is Semiha Berksoy?

Semiha Berksoy was born on May 24, 1910. She died on August 15, 2004. She studied at Istanbul Conservatory and Academy of Fine Arts namely Ismail Workshop School of Painting and Theater. Winning a scholarship to the Berlin Music Academy, Berksoy studied in Germany and appeared as the lead in Richard Strauss’s “Ariadne Auf Naxos,” making her the first Turkish opera singer to star in Europe. Despite her international success, Semiha Berksoy returned home to help establish Ankara’s first opera house.

Semiha Berksoy

International operative artist Semiha Berksoy

Opera career Semiha Berksoy Turkey, which started in 1934, came to Germany and Portugal scene. In 1939, he was the first Turkish opera singer to star in Europe in the role of Ariad in the opera Ariad af Nuxos by Richard Strauss. Semiha Berksoy came back to Turkey in 1940, Carl Ebert rejilig played in Opera Tosca and Madame Butterfly. He additionally served in Deli Doll and Look Hayat Opitres.

In 1998, he became a state artist. In 1999, at the Lincoln Center, he played out a an opera in Robert Wilson’s The Days First: Death in Lincoln, New York. He died on August 15, 2004 at 94 years old and was buried in Istanbul after one day.

Known for her signature makeup, Berksoy became an icon of Turkish culture. She was additionally renowned for pushing the envelope with her fashion choices, when performing in a transparent self-painted costume. Her paintings, which were appeared such renowned exhibitions as the 2003 Venice Biennale, regularly delineated a little girl which was said to personify the artist herself.

Semiha Berksoy’s training life

  • 1939 Berlin State Academy of Music, Department of Opera (Graduate)
  • 1929 Painting and sculpture Ismail Huka Toyagur works at the Academy of Fine Arts and Rafiq Epikaman’s nominal Ismail workshop at Ceramic Workshop.
  • Daily Elahan (current-day Istanbul municipality Conservatory), Sanmanya Vahit San
  • Darulbandi Theater School
  • Istanbul Girls’ High School
  • Kadiko Primary School

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