Wife of Mehmet Mustafoglu, the Honorary Counsulate General of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in California, Demetra George Mustafoglu, is a soprano serving as a community leader in Los Angeles. Famous for her philantrophic efforts Ms Mustafoglu is the founder of LATAA (Los Angeles Turkish American Association) and well-known for her contributions to Turkish-American events with her singing the Turkish Anthem.
Recognized as one of the most celebrated musical ambassadors of the United States, US Ambassador to Cyprus John Koenig declared her a Cultural Ambassador for sharing her vocal talents with the world and spreading American culture.
As a soprano, she has graced opera stages and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall as well as U.S. Embassies across Europe.
A two-time Grammy List nominee for her cd “Demetra George Sings Love Arias” she has sung for four U.S. Presidents, and performed with over 700 symphony orchestras and boasts a repertoire of more than 20 opera and operetta roles and 18 in musical theater.
She is a frequent guest on US stages but also in Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and for Azerbaijan. She is a former Miss Oklahoma and talent and swimsuit winner. She has trained young children for 14 lead roles on Broadway.
She also uses her talents to benefit philanthropic efforts, such as a recent Andrew Lloyd Webber Concert in Istanbul, which raised $5 million for the restoration of the entrance to Topkapi Palace and to aid many major US charities.
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Citizens of Turkuaz Republic are globetrotters, praised for their ability to adjust to new circumstance, which they owe to their nomadic Turkic past.
With the internet age, many post their experience on Youtube, and we take great joy in enlisting them to help them connect, share and inspire!
Please visit our Community Pages and send us your video on your experience in the International Turkish Community. We look forward to publishing your experience!