Turkish mezzo-soprano Ezgi Kutlu received her vocal training at Bilkent University in Ankara, at Juilliard School of Music in New York, as well as at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She attended master classes with Elly Ameling, Marilyn Horne and Christa Ludwig. Ezgi Kutlu is a prizewinner of several vocal competitions such as Licia Albanese Competition and Metropolitan Opera National Auditions and was granted the Marian Anderson Award.

Still of Ezgi Kutlu

She was a member of the young artists programs at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera North in New Hampshire and took part in the first Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project 2008. As a part of the ensemble of Staatstheater Nürnberg for two seasons, she performed Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as Sinaïde in Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon, and the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos.

Still of Ezgi Kutlu

Other engagements include her debut at the Garsington Opera Festival as Angelina in La Cenerentola, Clotilde in Norma at Salzburger Festspiele, her successful debut as Annio in La clemenza di Tito at Staatsoper Stuttgart and her return there as Ragonde in Le Comte Ory, Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, Il Piacere in Händel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, as well as Fenena in Nabucco (Rome and St. Petersburg, under Riccardo Muti), her debut as Publia in Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira with London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall, London, Solo Concert with Opera High Lights (Noordnederlands Orkest, The Netherlands), Penelope in Odysseus (Komische Oper Berlin), Carmen (Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Komische Oper Berlin), and Annina in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier, directed by Christoph Waltz (Opera Vlaanderen and Luxembourg).

In 2015/16 she appeared as Cornelia in a new production of Händel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto and Amastre in Xerxes both at Komische Oper Berlin, followed by her return to Garsington Opera Festival as Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri.

Upcoming engagements include Zauberflöte at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Rigoletto (Maddalena) and Nabucco (Fenena) at Staatsoper Stuttgart, a new production of L'enfant et les sortilèges (Komische Oper Berlin) and Ezgi Kutlus Debut at the Oper Frankfurt as Giuditta in W. A. Mozarts Betulia Liberata.


  • June / July 2017 Oper Frankfurt
    Giuditta in “Betulia Liberata” / W. A. Mozart
  • Februar / April 2017 Staatsoper Stuttgart
    Fenena in “Nabucco” / G. Verdi
  • January / July 2016 Komische Oper Berlin
    Maman / La tasse chinoise / La libellule in “L‘enfant et les sortilèges” / Maurice Ravel
  • 16 December 2016 Beethoven Orchester Bonn
    C-Dur-Messe / L. v. Beethoven
  • September / October 2016 Staatsoper Stuttgart
    Maddalena in “Rigoletto” / G. Verdi
  • 18, 21, 23, 26, 28 July 2016 Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain
    Dritte Damen in “Die Zauberflöte” / W. A. Mozart
  • 4, 6, 12, 15, 20, 23, 28 June / 2, 8, 10 July 2016 Garsington Opera, United Kingdom
    Isabella in “L‘italiana in Algeri” / G. Rossini
  • 2016 Komische Oper Berlin
    Amastre in “Xerxes
  • 2015 Edinburgh International Festival
  • 2015 Komische Oper Berlin
    Cornelia in “Giulio Cesare
  • 2013 / 2014 Vlaamse Opera
    Aninna in “Der Rosenkavalier
  • 2013 / 2014 Komische Oper Berlin
    Tielpartie in “Carmen
  • 2012 / 2013 / 2015 Komische Oper Berlin
    Penelope in “Odysseus” - Claudio Monteverdi
  • 2011 / 2012 /2013 Deutsche Oper am Rhein
    Tielpartie in “Carmen
  • 2011 / 2012 Staatsoper Stuttgart
    Piacere in “Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno” - Georg Friedrich Händel
  • 2011 Roma Teatro dell’Opera
    Fenena in “Nabucco
  • 2011 / 2012 Staatsoper Stuttgart
    Elisabetta in “Maria Stuarda” - Gaetano Donizetti
  • 2010 Salzburger Festspiele
    Clotilde in “Norma