Atilla Manizade

Born in Cyprus, Attila Manizade began his musical education while studying architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. Following his graduation from the ITU Conservatory, he continued his musical studies in Germany and specialized in German Opera under the direction of Prof. A. Mayer.

Upon his return to Istanbul in 1960, Manizade made his debut at the opening night of the Istanbul State Opera, and became the leading bass soloist of the Opera. In the 1980's he was the Artistic Director and General Manager of the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet. In addition to his concerts and performances, Manizade is a distinguished member of the faculty the Istanbul Technical University, State Conservatory.

Manizade is critically acclaimed not only for his exceptional vocal range and ability, but also for his uniquely dramatic interpretations. Widely praised as an artist of great versatility, he has an extensive repertoire of more than forty operas ranging from dramatic roles to buffo parts.

Manizade has performed Osmin with an international cast at the Istanbul International Festival since its inception at in 1973 through 1995 and in many festivals in Europe. HE has also performed with great success in many capitals and principal cities throughout the world.