Nazan Fikret


Nazan Fikret was born in the UK to Turkish and Irish parents and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a recipient of an International Opera Awards Bursary, a finalist in the Das Lied International Song Competition, a former Making Music Young Concert Artist and a Talent Unlimited musician.

After many COVID cancellations, Nazan was delighted to perform as Queen of the Night at Glyndebourne in Autumn 2020. Prior to embarking on her maternity leave, she also recorded for Royal Opera's Digital series, 8bit, in April 2021, as well as performing new works by Ella Jarman Pinto commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for International Women's Day. Pre-pandemic career highlights include: Blonde The Seraglio (English Touring Opera),  Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte (Opera på Skäret, Garsington Opera and Rota das Artes, Lisbon), her Glyndebourne debut as Elin in Agreed, (Glyndebourne community opera with the OAE), Arasse Siroe, re de Persia and Handel’s Messiah  (Nederlandse Reisopera), Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice (Longborough Festival Opera) and Handel's Theodora (Snape Maltings: Britten-Pears, with Christian Curnyn/Sarah Connolly).

Nazan made her operatic debut aged thirteen singing Flora The Turn of the Screw in Elijah Moshinsky’s production at Wilton’s Music Hall. She went on to sing the role in Aix-en-Provence (Luc Bondy / Daniel Harding), subsequently touring to La Monnaie, Le Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Wiener Festwochen and Edinburgh Festival. She also performed the role for Nederlandse Reisopera (Stephen Langridge) and whilst a student at the GSMD for English National Opera and Teatro Real (David McVicar).​​

Since leaving the GSMD, further operatic roles have included Diane Disney The Perfect American by Philip Glass (world premiere: Teatro Real/ English National Opera),  Ninetta La Périchole (Garsington Opera), Fiordiligi Così fan tutte (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / European Opera Centre), How the Whale Became by Julian Philips (Royal Opera House).

Also a passionate educator, Nazan regularly participates in education projects with Garsington Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Education departments, as well as running a small private singing- teaching studio. 

Nazan is delighted to return to the stage in Autumn 2022 as Teofane in Handel's Ottone for English Touring Opera. In Spring/Summer 2023 she makes her Welsh National Opera debut as First Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute

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