Brisbane born soprano Ayșe Göknur Shanal is one of Australia’s most versatile classical singers. As the Dame Joan Sutherland Scholar, she studied at London's prestigious Royal College of Music and was an adjunct member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Ayșe has won many prestigious awards and scholarships including the Australian Singing Competition, the Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship and Award, Opera Foundation Australia’s Metropolitan Opera Award (New York), McDonald’s Operatic Aria, the Queens Trust for Young Australians, Symphony Australia’s Young Performers Award (Vocal Category), and the Sonderpreis der Loreley-Festspiele at the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition (Germany).
Ayșe has collaborated with Australian and international composers, including Ross Fiddes, Erberk Eryilmaz, Yiğit Kolat, Reza Vali, Diana Blom, John Wayne Dixon and Phillip Wilcher. She played a significant role in developing and performing major vocal works for the commemoration of the ANZAC Centenary in both Australia and the United States.
Ayșe has appeared as a principal artist with Opera Australia and Turkish State Opera. She has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and the Sydney Festival, and has been featured as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne, Adelaide, West Australia, and with the Australian Haydn Ensemble.
End of last year, Ayșe gave her first solo concert at the Sydney Opera House with Ukrainian-Australian pianist Evgeny Ukhanov, to great acclaim. In December, she also performed the solo for Vivaldi’s Gloria at Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre, with the National Boys Choir.
She performed at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Woolloongabba for the Commonwealth Bank Test Cricket Series between Pakistan and Australia which was broadcast live worldwide with audience capacity of half billion viewers.
Early this year, Ayșe and pianist Patrick Keith presented a concert series in Çanakkale and Ankara, Turkey. In May, she returned to the Sydney Opera House to present a recital series concert, Les Chemins de l'Amour, with pianist Andrea Katz. She was also invited to present a concert that same month at the Mersin International Music Festival, where she was joined by pianist Ashley Hribar. In June, Ayșe was the guest artist in 2x20, presented by Andrew Bukenya at Sydney's Angel Place City Recital Hall. She has performed as guest soloist with Excelsis, conducted by Tom Buchanan, in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral and with the Australian Welsh Male Choir at Beleura House in Mornington Peninsula. In September, she returned to the Sydney Opera House to present Songs for Refugees to a capacity audience.
Next year, Ayșe will be performing at the Sydney Opera House, Powerhouse Museum, Melbourne Recital Centre, Beleura House, Mosman Art Gallery and many other prestigious venues, as well as embarking on recording projects with pianist Ashley Hribar.
Ayșe has released two CDs. The first of these, called Love and Life and with Evgeny Ukhanov, features Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, and is released through Taslig Records. The second CD, called Çanakkale-Gallipoli Songs, with pianist Patrick Keith et al., features commissioned works for voice and piano by Australian, New Zealand and Turkish composers, and is released through Wirripang.