you think of opera, the word modern doesn't usually follow. Bulent Guneralp... is changing the way we
think about this centuries-old art form. Guneralp is anything but a
stereotypical opera singer... He isn't
merely an opera singer, but a well-rounded musician. He has performed
Broadway pieces, jazz solos, spirituals, and even contemporary pop
songs, which he says inform his interpretation of even the most
classical roles in opera. This approach to opera may be what draws
crowds who aren't as familiar with the genre... This opera singer, who says his
favorite music ranges from that of the heavy metal 80s band Cacophony
to jazz pianist Chick Corea, shows that opera singers may
not be what you think, and his audiences are surprisingly diverse as
Highlights in recent years include the Turkish language premier of the role of Sultan in the Ukranian opera Cossack Beyond The Danube with The Commonwealth Lyric Theater (Mr. Güneralp and his mother created the Turkish libretto for this role); the roles of The Master and Yefim in the US-premiere of the opera Desire to Sleep by Moshe Shulman with The Juventas New Music Ensemble; the narrator in the English language world-premiere of Expérience by Phivos-Angelos Kollias with The Juventas New Music Ensemble; the world-premieres of Missa Patri Pio by Leonardo Ciampa; the role of Jewish Man in the world-premiere of the opera The Prioress's Tale by Delvyn Case; The Omaggio al Bel Canto Best Interpretation Award at The Stelle dell'Anno Nuovo Festival in Boston (organized for the members of The Boston Opera Collaborative by The Dante Alighieri Society Italian Cultural Center of Massachusetts and The Consulate General of Italy); official recognitions by The Massachusetts State Senate and Thomas Menino; a feature program on CCTV; and a performance at the historic USS Salem in the inaugural maritime festival of Quincy, Massachusetts, where he sang the solos of Emile de Becque from the musical South Pacific by Rodgers & Hammerstein.
Mr. Güneralp taught voice at The Boston Conservatory Summer Choral Institute, and at Quincy Point Music Academy in Quincy, Massachusetts. He now teaches in his private voice studio in Arlington. His students come from diverse backgrounds such as opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, country, rock, heavy metal and public speaking.