Turkish Bass Önay Köse is a member of Berlin's famed Komische Oper where he has performed a variety of roles, including the Nightwatchman in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Pluto in the Monteverdi/Katz-Chernin version of Orpheus. Mr. Köse also recently made his debut with Oper Frankfurt as Sparafucile in their new production of Rigoletto. In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Köse will make debuts with the Bard Music Festival in Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliet and the Tulsa Opera as Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, as well as perform both new and reprised roles with the Komische Oper. Future engagements include a debut with the Canadian Opera Company.
In March 2014, Mr. Köse made his Alice Tully Hall debut in a Juilliard Vocal Arts Recital and appeared in a Young Artists Concert at the Salzburg Festival. In 2015 he made his Carnegie Hall Debut as the Bass soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New York Youth Symphony and sang the Cappadocian in Salome with Opera San Antonio.
Mr. Köse completed his Master’s Degree and obtained his Artist Diploma in Opera Studies from the Juilliard School. Here, his roles included Pantalone in Le donne curiose, the Priest/Badger in The Cunning Little Vixen, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Le Roi in Cendrillon, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte.