Linet Şaul (Soprano)
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Linet Saul graduated from Hartt School of Music of University of Hartford in Connecticut, USA in 1995. In the same year, after being a finalist in the Leyla Gencer International Singing Competition, she sang in her first opera in Istanbul as Adina in L'Alisir d'Amore of Donizetti. Saul has pursued her vocal studies for a long period with the Italian baritone Licinio Montefusco.
Linet Saul sang several solo roles in operas at the Izmir State Opera since 1998, including:
Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Faust (Siebel), Fidelio (Marzelline), L'Elisir d'Amore (Adina), Racconti di Hoffmann (Giulietta), Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina), Un Turco in Italia (Fiorilla), Idomeneo (Idamante), La Boheme (Musetta), Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Countess Mariza (Countess Lisa), La Muerte de Garcilazo (Elena), Romeo et Juliette (Stephano), Ariadne auf Naxos (Komponist), Imeneo (Tirinto), Aşk-ı Memnu (Nesrin), Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella), ZigeunerBaron (Czipra), Agrippina (Agrippina), Muhteşem Süleyman (Mahidevran). She also gave sevaral concerts in Europe, including concerts with the group 'Suonatori dellla Gioiosa Marca' in Italy and Nurnberg Festival in Germany.
As a member of Izmir Barok group, Linet Saul has been singing baroque music with the only performers of this kind with period instruments. Apart from many concerts in Turkey, she sang in concerts in Italy and Germany with this group, including concerts with countertenor Robin Blaze and soprano Emma Kirkby. In 2013, the group published their first CD of Ottoman and European music in the baroque era. This year she has done a series of concerts called “Shakespeare and Music” with Diego Leceric (lute), Bülent Oral (Viola da gamba) ve Ayşe Lebriz Berkem (actress) which they will perform in Fuga Baroque Days in Budapest in January 2017.
Linet Saul prepared her PhD thesis on application of Sephardic folk music to classical forms and has been performing her native Saphardic music for many years internationally, with concerts in Turkey, Europe and South America.
Linet Saul has also been teaching voice and singing diction since 2007 at the Dokuz Eylül University, State Conservatory in Izmir, Turkey, and currently holds an Associate Professor and Head of Opera Department position at the university.