Sirin Kilic & Florian Ziemen

Wendesday 29 May
Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and songs by Brahms and Schubert


Sirin Kilic (mezzo-soprano)                                 Florian Ziemen (piano)

Sirin Kilic

Sirin Kilic was born to Turkish parents in Frankfurt, Germany. She started her musical education at the age of 4, taking up piano and later violin and flute, before she began to sing.  In 2008 she graduated from the University of Music Freiburg where she had been taught by Towako Sato-Schöllhorn. She took part in masterclasses with Francoise Pollet, Laurent Pillot, Claudia Eder and Kai Wessel.

Having already appeared in several opera productions at the university, such as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), L´enfant (Ravel: L´enfant et les sortileges) and Edith (Alfred, King of the English), she gave her professional debut at the opera house Bremen as the lead role in the world premiere 'Gegen die Wand' by Ludger Vollmer - a production that gained wide attention. 

As a member of the opera studio of the opera house Bremen from 2009-2011, she appeared as Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Graf Orlowsky (Die Fledermaus), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) and others.

Since 2011, she has returned to Bremen on several occasions, including the world premiere of “All diese Tage“ by Moritz Eggert, and appearing as a guest artiste at the opera houses of Freiburg and Hildesheim.  Sirin has performed with many orchestras including Thüringen Philharmonie, Frankfurter Philharmoniker and the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen.

At the Nationaltheater Mannheim, she recently premiered two operas for children, including singing the role of Amneris in a financial-crisis chamber adaptation of Verdi's Aida, which travelled to Berlin, Thessaloniki and at the Athens Music Festival and received wide media praise.

Further engagements this year include Bradamante (Handel:Alcina) at the opera festival Chiemgau and a new production of 'Gegen die Wand' at the Freiburg opera house.

Florian Ziemen
Born in Munich, conductor Florian Ziemen began his musical education at the age of six. He studied piano at the Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium, Munich, and later, conducting under Herrmann Michael and Jacques Delacôte at the Munich Musikhochschule. During this time he conducted a number of opera productions at the Bayerische Theaterakademie and assisted the chorus master of the Bavarian State Opera. He continued his studies at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London with Colin Metters and George Hurst. Masterclasses with the late Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Kenneth Kiesler, Mark Shanahan and Sir Peter Maxwell Davis completed his training. 

In 2003, he began working at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, one of Germany's top opera houses, firstly as musical assistant and later as resident conductor. There he conducted over 100 performances of opera, operetta and ballet.

Concert invitations have led to appearances conducting the Bochumer Symphoniker, Bergische Symphoniker, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Münchner Symphoniker, Philharmonisches Orchester Bad Reichenhall, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, Georgian Chamber Orchestra and others. Working with early music specialists like Reinhard Goebel, has led to an increasing interest in adapting period performance practice in modern orchestras. In 2009 he premiered Gianfrancesco de Mayo’s neglected opera ‘Ifigenia in Tauride’ at the Wuppertal opera house.

From 2010 to 2012, Florian was resident conductor of the opera house in Bremen, where his productions included, ‘Madama Butterfly’, 'Tosca', ‘Hänsel und Gretel’ and ‘Fledermaus’. A suprising sensational success was his 'historically informed' production of the Berlin 1920s operetta 'Der Vetter aus Dingsda' in autumn 2010, followed by 'Das Land des Lächelns' with a similar approach in 2011. Recently he conducted the world premiere of Moritz Eggert's enormous every-day-life opera 'All diese Tage' to great public and critical acclaim.

Since August 2012, following the invitation of the renowned conductor Michael Hofstetter, Florian has been appointed at the opera house of Gießen where he conducts opera, symphony concerts and ballet productions. This coming September he will open the season there with the 1841 Urtext-Version of Wagner's 'Flying Dutchman'.  Florian is a regular guest conductor at the Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal.


Johannes Brahms

Von ewiger Liebe

Wie Melodien zieht es mir

Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer

Franz Schubert

An Sylvia


Gretchen am Spinnrade

Richard Wagner

"Wesendonk Lieder"

Der Engel

Stehe still!

Im Treibhaus



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