Turkish tenor Murat Karahan graduated with master’s degree and received his Ph.D. in Musical Arts from the Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
He also studied at Academia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, with Prof. Bruno Cagli, and took master classes with Renata Scotto, Anna Vandi and Cesare Scarton.
Since 2005, Murat Karahan is a soloist of the ensemble of Ankara State Opera and Ballet.
Since 2012 he is a regular guest at the Latvian National Opera, Riga, where he performed many leading tenor parts like Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Alfredo in La Traviata, among the others.
His operatic repertoire includes roles such as Rodolfo in La Boheme, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Paolo Erisso in Rossini’s Maometto Secondo, Edwin in Kalman’s Die Csardasfurstin, Caramello in J.Strauss’ Eine Nacht in Venedig, Camille De Rosillon in Die Lustige Witwe, Behlül in S.Ada’s Aşk-ı Memnu, Dumuzi in Ç.Işıközlü’s Inanna, as well as the tenor parts in Mozart’s and Webber’s Requiem, Beethoven`s 9.Symphony, and Carmina Burana.
Engagements 2014-15 include Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (Riga, Limoges, Reims, Kazan), Manrico in Il Trovatore (Riga, Limoges and Reims), Elvino in La Sonnambula, Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto (Ankara, Tatar State Opera and Ballet Theater in Kazan, Russia), Cavaradossi in Tosca, Macduff in Macbeth, Don José in Carmen (Ankara), Rodolfo in La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata(Riga, Deutsche Oper Berlin, debut), and Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut (Riga).
In 2015 Murat Karahan appeared at the Bolshoi Theatre as Rodolfo (La Boheme) and Alfredo (La Traviata). In the same year he took part in the Bolshoi Theatre production of Carmen, singing the role of Don Jose.
In 2017 he returned to the Bolshoi as Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut.
Among recent engagements: Manrico (Il treovatore) at the Deutsche Opera Berlin, Teatro Regio in Parma and Arena di Verona; Ismaele (Nabucco) at the Wiener Staatsoper and Bayerishe Staatsoper, at the Munich Operf Festival; Cavaradossi (Tosca) at the Teatro Filarmonico of Verona and San Carlo Opera Festival (Naples); Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples.
Since 2018 Mr. Karahan has worked as the General Director of the Turkey`s State Opera and Ballet.
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