Cem Beran Sertkaya was born in 1981 in Ankara Turkey. His professional career as a singer started immediately after graduation from the Bilken Musical and Stage Arts Faculty in 2003. He is the recipient of first and second prizes in several national singing contests. Since 2004 he has sung in numerous opera and concerts in his native Turkey (in Ankara, Istanbul, Antalya and Izmir). Recent highlights in Ankara include: the title role in Händel’s Hercules, Ezio in Massenet’s Attila and Albert Verdi’s in Werther.

In the summer of 2010 he participated in a competition in Turkey and won a scholarship to participate in the Savonlinna Music Academy Masterclass, which gave him the opportunity of studying with Maestro Tom Krause. He also won a full scholarship from the Aspen Music School (Colorado, USA) for the 2012 June Festival.

Amongst the roles he has performed are: Albert in Werther in Buenos Aires, Oroveso in Norma, Toreador in Carmen, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore; Licomede in Deidamia, Argenio in Imeneo and Leone in Tamerlano, all by Händel; Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, Bonzo in Madama Butterfly and Il Nevrastenico in Nino Rota’s La notte di un Nevrastenico. Concert highlights include: Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and 9th Symphony, Haydn’s Schöpfung, Mozart’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana.

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