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
Photo by LK Case
Highlights in recent years include the roles of Sultan in Cossack Beyond The Danube with Commonwealth Lyric Theater (Mr. Guneralp created and premiered the Turkish version of the role for this production); The Master and Yefim in the U.S.-premiere of the opera Desire to Sleep by Moshe Shulman, and the narrator in the world-premiere of Expérience in English by Phivos-Angelos Kollias, both with Juventas New Music Ensemble; world-premieres of Missa Patri Pio and Canzoni Dantesche 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, aired by Italy's RAI International TV; official recognitions by The Massachusetts State Senate and Thomas Menino; a Bandwidth TV feature program; and a performance as Emile de Becque with solos from South Pacific by Rodgers & Hammerstein at the historic USS Salem in the first-ever maritime festival of Quincy, Massachusetts. He gives eclectic concerts with his collaborator, virtuoso pianist Eunyoung Kim.
Mr. Güneralp taught voice at The Boston Conservatory Summer Choral Institute, also at Quincy Point Music Academy in Quincy, Massachusetts. He has taught singers from such diverse backgrounds as opera, musical theater, pop, soul, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, rock, heavy metal, and public speaking. He maintains a private voice studio in Somerville.