Özay Günay started her education in National Conservatory of Mimar Sinan University in Performance Arts and Opera
in Istanbul. She took her voice coaching from Prof. Güzin Gürel, and stage and performance education by Aydın Gün.
Although graduated in 1997, Mrs Günay had made her professional singing debut while she was still a student, performing many solo recitals. Following an invitation by the Istanbul European Choir in 1993, she performed the
alto solo in Mozart’s Missa Brevis under the baton of Sylvene Maire.
In 1995, she performed in the Turkish premiere of
Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. The latter was also performed in Othello Castle and Bela Pais Monastery in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Among her performances, we can note her portrayal of
Asya in Uzeyir Hacibeyov’s signature operetta
Arsin Mal Alan in the Turkish premiere which took place in Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall.
One of her many solo recitals was in the framework of the
25th International Istanbul Music Festivals’ Young Soloist Series, followed by her portrayal of the
alto solo in Beethoven’s Scottish Songs accompanied by the Istanbul Chamber Music Ensemble, which was another premiere in Turkey.
The year 1998 marks the debut of her starting performing with the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet. Her performance of the
alto solo in Mozart’s Requiem was the result of a fruitful cooperation with the European Choir of Istanbul under Maestro Stephan Lomas.
Besides her busy performance schedule, Mrs Günay also attended master classes in Istanbul with Leyla Pınar on baroque music,
also she participate master classes with Leyla Gencer, in Vienna with Prof. Eva Blahova, then in Istanbul again with Mauro Trombetta.
In year 2000, she won the
second prize in International Prof. Josef Dichler Young Musicians Competition held in Vienna. This was followed by a performance of the
alto solo part of Bach’s Magnificat at Istanbul Hagia Irini Church, also in Antalya Aspendos Theatre with Akbank Chamber Orchestra and Madrid Choir under Cem Mansur.
Mrs Günay was invited and performed in many festivals around Europe in Such countries as Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Austria and many more. In year 2002, she gave some very notable concerts with Bratislava Opera Orchestra within the
47th International Piestansky Music Festival and the
57th Teplice Music Festival, under Martin Majkut.
Besides her singing career, Mrs Günay has also been remarkable, working in the medical field, within the Faculty of Medicine Department of Ear, Nose and Throat, the Phoniatrics Department of the Istanbul University, Voice and Speech Therapy.
As a member of the Istanbul State Opera, her performances as soloist in
Rigoletto, Mozart’i Sever Misiniz?, La Traviata, Trouble in
Tahiti were appreciated by large audiences. Being the “Mezzo soprano of the premieres”, she was also invited to perform her brilliant portrayal of
Meg Page in the Turkish premiere of
Verdi’s Falstaff in 2004.
The year 2005 was marked by her performance as
soloist in the gala concert
of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, under Vesna Souc. The latter has also been recorded and published in the compact disc platform for all music lovers.
The Austrian Cultural Center became the stage of her recital with her twin brother baritone
Önay Günay. Meike Nollmann was more than proud to conduct her
alto solo performance and the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra and Pera & European Voices Istanbul Choir for
Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium.
Mrs Günay has currently been developing her career within Istanbul State opera and Ballet. Her most current performance of the season is her
Emilia in Verdi’s Otello through 2007.