İstanbul State Opera and Ballet


Maometto II (Mehmet II)
Libretto: Cesare Della Valle
Conductor: Alessandro De Marchi / Zdravko Lazarov

İstanbul State Opera and Ballet will premiere "II. Mehmet (Maometto II)" Opera on February 24, 2024, at the Atatürk Cultural Centre Türk Telekom Opera Hall. This opera is one of the most important works in the romantic period opera literature, written by Gioachino Rossini, one of the era's most significant composers, and librettist Cesare della Valle. It stands out among operas related to Turks. The work, considered Rossini's most innovative and ambitious opera, boasts a rich orchestration. Its carefully planned but equally complex dramatic structure includes elements of melodrama such as political intrigue, conspiracy, and tragedy. Set against the backdrop of Venice, the love story turns into a drama of impossible love amidst a heroic conflict between two enemies.

First premiered on December 3, 1820, at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, this two-act opera narrates the story of Anna, who falls in love with Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the seventh Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and the conqueror of Istanbul, during the siege of Eğriboz (Negroponte), an island under the dominion of the Venetian Republic, in 1470. Anna, a Venetian unaware of Mehmet's true identity, faces a tough choice between her loyalty to her father and country and her love for the Turkish Sultan.

After its Türkiye premiere at the Atatürk Cultural Centre on November 3, 1990, the opera is set to reconnect with art lovers at the same venue 34 years later. İstanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra will be guest-conducted by the world-famous Italian Orchestra Conductor Alessandro de Marchi, known for his extensive repertoire ranging from Baroque music to Bel Canto works. He will alternate with Conductor Zdravko Lazarov.

The opera's director, Italian Renato Bonajuto, has gained worldwide fame for staging numerous works on famous opera stages. The opera's set design is by Zeki Sarayoğlu, costume design by Gizem Betil, and lighting design by Ahmet Defne. İstanbul State Opera and Ballet Choir is led by Paolo Villa, and the choreography is by Nil Berkan.

In the role of II. Mehmet, Burak Bilgili and Doğukan Özkan alternate; Dilruba Bilgi and Gülbin Günay as Anna; Barbora Hitay, Asude Karayavuz, and Esen Demirci as Calbo; Mert Süngü and Ufuk Toker as Paolo Erisso; Berk Dalkılıç and Yoel Keşap as Condulmiero; and Hazal Ata and Anıl Önder as Selim.

The opera had its Türkiye premiere on November 3, 1990, at the Atatürk Cultural Centre and is preparing to reunite with art lovers at the same venue after 34 years!

Director: Renato Bonajuto
Set Design: Zeki Sarayoğlu
Costume Design: Gizem Betil
Lighting Design: Ahmet Defne
Choir Master: Paolo Villa
Choreographer: Nil Berkan

Mehmet II: Burak Bilgili/Zafer Erdaş
Anna: Dilruba Bilgi/Gülbin Günay
Calbo: Barbora Hitay/Asude Karayavuz
Paolo Erisso: Mert Süngü/Ufuk Toker
Condulmicro: Berk Dalkılıç/Yoel Keşap
Selim: Hazal Ata/Anıl Önder 

İstanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Choir

Event Rules
  • Purchased tickets cannot be changed or refunded, except in case of cancellation of the event or change of date.
  • The student ticket is only valid with an available student ID. On the day of the event, the student IDs must be presented to the staff.
  • AKM Management reserves the right not to admit those who are considered unsuitable for the event by giving them refunds.
  • During the concert, recording with cameras, mobile phones, and other recording equipment is forbidden. Recording devices will not be allowed in the venues. 
  • The events are suitable for participants aged 7 and over.
  • Once the event begins, no visitors will be allowed in the venue.
  • It is required for visitors to arrive and be ready at the entrance 1 hour prior to the event.   
  • The concert halls may change for reasons beyond control. AKM management is sure to change the seating layout, ensuring they assign the spectators a new seat in the changed venue that is closest to the prior ticket number. Purchased tickets will not be refunded due to the change of venue. 
  • Guests are required to comply with the stated seating layout; they are obliged not to change their seats during the event.
  • It’s forbidden to enter the venues with food and beverages, consume tobacco or tobacco products or use e-cigarettes outside smoke-free areas.
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