Interview

Where do I come from
Zurich
Why do I sing?
When my mother opened her singing school I always joined in instead of having a babysitter. Not much has changed since: singing still takes care of my mind and body!
And what do I like apart from singing?
Sports, splashing around in Lake Zurich, enjoying a good wine with friends, eating (I’d say cooking but unfortunately I’m not very good at it), movie nights.
My own personal musical highlight?
Singing "Cherubino" at the Saarländisches Staatstheater and "Carmen" at the Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden and at the Kleine Philharmonie in Berlin.
My motto?
"Challenge accepted!" (Barney Stinson)

Biography

Céline Akçağ, who was born in Zurich, began her vocal training with her mother. Following her school-leaving exams, she became an undergraduate at the Konservatorium Zürich under Ulrike Andersen. The mezzo-soprano subsequently completed her Bachelor’s degree in opera, concert and pedagogy at the Musikhochschule Freiburg under Prof. Dorothea Wirtz. After an overseas semester with Mary Nelson and Iain Ledingham at the Royal Academy of Music in London, she enrolled in the Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich to do her Master’s in musical theatre/singing (opera) in the vocal class of Prof. Andreas Schmidt. She is currently expanding her education with a Master’s in singing (concert) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater under Prof. Christiane Iven. At the same time, she is completing post-graduate studies with her Lied partner Rebeka Stojkoska at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg under Prof. Pauliina Tukiainen that focus on Lied interpretation.

She has attended master classes given by Vesselina Kasarova, Anne Le Bozec, Prof. Claudia Visca, Prof. Ulrike Sonntag, and Tobias Kratzer.

To date, she has sung with the Münchener Rundfunkorchester, the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Karajan-Akademie of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Die Preisträger and Sinfonie Orchester Meilen (both Switzerland), the Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau (Germany) and with Das Kleine Zürcher Ensemble. Conductors have included Wayne Marshall, Benjamin Reiners, Matthias Foremny and Clemens Schuldt.

She has performed in the following operatic roles: as Dorabella (So machen’s alle, W.A. Mozart), Carmen (La tragédie de Carmen, G. Bizet/P. Brook), Hansel (Hänsel und Gretel, E. Humperdinck), Nancy (Martha, F.v. Flotow), Vanina (L’Ancêtre, C. Saint-Saëns), Glückskind (Goldteufel, S.J. Hanke) and Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore, G. Donizetti).

Since 2019 she has been part of the cast of D.I.V.A. opéra spectacle, performing various shows in France. Céline Akçağ won the Studienpreis 2019 issued by the Migros Culture Percentage. She also holds scholarships issued by the Richard Wagner Verband, the Freunde des Nationaltheaters, the Fritz-Gerber-Stiftung, the Stiftung Lyra, the Schweizerische Musikverband, the Dr. Max Husmann-Stiftung and by the Stiftung Ruth und Ernst Burkhalter.

During the 2019/20 season she will perform as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro, W.A. Mozart) at the Saarländisches Staatstheater and as Ghost Child 1 (Coraline, M.A. Turnage) at the Opernhaus Zürich.

Website

celineakcag.com

Media

“Vårtagen” by Jean Sibelius

Céline Akçağ (mezzo-soprano) & Rebeka Stojkoska (piano)

Recording – 30.06.2020