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A wonderfully-sounding Önay Köse [as Sparafucile] in his Frankfurt debut…”

Wolfgang Sandner, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 

March 21, 2017

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Turkish Bass Önay Köse recently left Berlin’s famed Komische Oper, where he performed a variety of roles including the Nightwatchman in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Pluto in the Monteverdi/Katz-Chernin version of Orpheus.


Önay Köse’s current season includes his debuts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Ramfis in Aida and at the Opéra de Toulon as Lorenzo in I Capuleti ed I Montecchi as well as returns to the Opéra National du Rhin and to the Boston Youth Symphony as Oroveso in Norma in both cases.


Mr. Köse’s last season marked his return to the Canadian Opera Company as Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth and his debut in Dijon as Jorg in Stiffelio


Recent projects include the artist’s debuts with the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg as Jorg in Stiffelio and with the Grand-Théâtre de Luxembourg as Sparafucile in Rigoletto, which he had previously sung with the Opéra National de Lorraine-Nancy.  He also appeared with the Teatre Principal in Palma de Mallorca as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte.  


Previously, Mr. Köse made his return to the Canadian Opera Company as Timur in Turandot and a debut with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra as Ramfis in Aida.  The previous season he made several important debuts: with the Canadian Opera Company as Lodovico in Otello and as Colline in La Bohème, with the Oper Köln as Timur in Turandot and at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile as Oroveso in Norma.  In concert, Mr. Köse recently sang Lodovico and the Herald in Otello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl and performed in recital at Bard’s Summerscape festival in various Russian pieces.  He also sang the bass solo in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Cäcilienchor in Frankfurt.


Prior to that, Mr. Köse made his debut with Oper Frankfurt as Sparafucile in their new production of Rigoletto. In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Köse made debuts with the Bard Music Festival in Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette and the Tulsa Opera as Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, as well as performing both new and reprised roles with the Komische Oper, including the Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.


In March 2014, Mr. Köse made his Alice Tully Hall debut in a Juilliard Vocal Arts Recital and appeared in a Young Artists Concert at the Salzburg Festival. In 2015 he made his Carnegie Hall Debut as the Bass soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New York Youth Symphony and sang the Cappadocian in Salome with Opera San Antonio.


Mr. Köse completed his Master’s Degree and obtained his Artist Diploma in Opera Studies from the Juilliard School. Here, his roles included Pantalone in Le donne curiose, the Priest/Badger in The Cunning Little Vixen, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Le Roi in Cendrillon, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte.