Laden Ince, the first Turkish Cypriot classical opera singer to have trained in Europe, had a wonderful time in Germany and Poland this summer.
She had first attended an intensive summer academy in Torgau, Germany, where she got involved in eight performances. Besides daily singing tuitions and various coachings, Laden had the opportunity to appear as a soloist in six concerts and as a chorus singers in two other concerts. Her performances were all very well received by the German dominant international audiences and her hard work for German language articulation and pronunciation had paid off.
Following the academy, Laden gave a singing recital in a newly-established concert hall in the heart of Warsaw (ul.Nowy Świat), the capital of Poland on August 3rd, 2015. Laden was accompanied on the pianoforte by a very fine Polish emerging artist Aleksandra Bobrowska who also played some solo pieces by Chopin.
Her rendition of Chopin pieces demonstrated a very high quality. In the recital programme the audience could listen to a number of chamber songs, exquisite examples of pure Bel Canto, by Bellinni as well as demanding opera arias (from Don Pasquale and Die Fledermaus) and a beautiful Suleika by Mendelssohn together with a Turkish Cypriot Song ‘Zeytinden aşı mısın’ by Erdinç Gündüz and Raif Denktaş that has been rearranged by Atakan Sarı.
The real pick point of the evening was the final song Życzenie by Fryderyk Chopin, which Laden sung in Polish making the audience amazed with her perfection of Polish language pronunciation.
The concert offered a very high level mastery of both technique and musicality. The audiences gave a long and profound applause to the young artists. Although Aleksandra and Laden had a very brief and intense preparation for the short notice recital, their collaboration was a very impressive example of not only high professionalism but also a very much appreciated cultural and artistic exchange between the Polish and the Turkish Cypriot communities.
Laden would like to express her very sincere thanks to the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, the Kaleidoskop Turizm and a great supporter of Laden, Mrs. Karin Hansen, a very high class frequent concert goer, for their generous support and contributions.
Laden cordially wishes to carry on collaborating with the local authorities in Cyprus in order to make the most out of the artistic networks that she established through her studies in various places in Europe, and thus to continue to represent the Turkish Cypriot community with highest professionalism in the international platforms.