Mezzo-soprano Deniz Uzun was raised in Mannheim, Germany, and started with singing lessons at the age of ten with Annette Grossmann at the local School of Music where she received scholarships from the Domhof Stiftung and the Wilhelm-Müller-Stiftung for winning a number of awards at the national music competition Jugend Musiziert. Further scholarships and music grants include the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Richard-Wagner-Verband during her precollege time at University of Music in Karlsruhe with Prof. Maria Venuti and her undergraduate studies in the bachelor-voice program of the University of Music in Mannheim with Prof. Snezana Stamenkovic. Since 2012 she has been coached by Oylun Erdayi (Turkey/Ankara) in addition to master classes with Edith Wiens, Margreet Honig and Corradina Caporello.
Before and during her studies she performed at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and sang ‘Armelinde’/”Cendrillon at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival 2013 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year she was invited to the Lied-Academy of the Spring Festival Heidelberg to work as a scholar with Thomas Hampson and Thomas Quasthoff.
Since fall 2013 Uzun has been studying with Andreas Poulimenos and Carol Vaness at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, as an Artistic-Diploma student and has been awarded with the Artistic Excellence Award of the Indiana University and the prestigious Georgina-Joshi Fellowship.
She made her debuts as Isabella in Rossini's “L'italiana in Algeri” (fall 2014) and as Ruggiero in Handel's “Alcina” (spring 2015) at Indiana-University Opera. During the Spring Festival Baden-Baden 2015 Deniz Uzun gave her role-debut as Annina in “La Traviata” with Olga Peretyatko as Violetta, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado and directed by Rollando Villazon. Subsequently she was attending the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie at Neumarkt, a full-scholarship summer program organized by Prof. Edith Wiens.
In 2015/16 season Deniz Uzun was a member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she sang ’Junge Nonne’/“Der feurige Engel“, ‚Kammerzofe Emilias’/“Die Sache Makropulos“, Echo II/“Hänsel and Gretel“, ‚Adelige Waise’/“Der Rosenkavalier“amongst others. With her outstanding interpretation of ‘Florence Pike’ in the new production of Brittens “Albert Herring”, Deniz Uzun was enthusiastically acclaimed both by public and press.
Deniz Uzun won several prices, like the 'Charlotte-Hamel Prize' at the 41st National Singers Contest Berlin 2012, being the youngest participant. Moreover she has recently won two significant awards: the 'Best Singer Award 2016' of Semiha Berksey Opera Foundation as well as the 'Leyla Gencer Prize' (Golden Oprphée) awarded by the Académie Nationale du Disque Lyrique.
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