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Shakespeare and Music

Shakespeare and Music

The idea of preparing an album about “Shakespeare and Music” was created in 2016 with the idea of making a project with period instruments and music at the Pera Museum in Istanbul as a result of the suggestion of music writer Aydın Büke for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

As a result of the idea developed with Bulent Oral, the founder of Izmir Baroque, and the lead singer soprano Linet Saul, a program consisting of works by Shakespearean-era English composers was formed with the participation of the lute artist Diego Leveric and the world-famous soprano Dame Emma Kirkby’s precious help, with whom the band had previously worked with on many projects. Later, with the participation of theatre artist Ayşe Lebriz Berkem, a script consisting of various plays by Shakespeare appeared merging with the music of that period.

The project has achieved great success and received invitations from various art centers at home and abroad and continues to take art lovers on a journey to the magical world of music.



Born in İstanbul, Turkey, Linet Şaul graduated from Hartt School of Music of University of Hartford in Connecticut, USA in 1995. In the same year, after being a f inalist in the Leyla Gencer International Singing Competition, she sang her first opera in İstanbul as Adina in LʼElisir dʼAmore of Donizetti. Şaul has pursued her vocal studies for a long period with the Italian baritone Licinio Montefusco.

Linet Şaul sang several solo roles in operas at the İzmir State Opera between the years 1998-2014, including: Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Faust (Siebel), Fidelio (Marzelline), LʼElisir dʼAmore (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), Zigeuner Baron (Czipra), Agrippina (Agrippina), Muhteşem Süleyman (Mahidevran).

She also gave sevaral concerts in Europe, including concerts with the group ‘Suonatori della Gioiosa Marcaʼ in Italy and Nurnberg Festival in Germany.

As a member of İzmir Barok group, Linet Şaul 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. In 2015 she has started a series of concerts called “Shakespeare and Music” with Diego Leverić (lute), Bülent Oral (Viola da gamba) and an actor reciting from Shakespeareʼs plays.

Linet Şaul 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 Şaul has also been teaching voice and singing diction since 2007 at the Dokuz Eylül University, State Conservatory in İzmir, Turkey, and currently holds an Associate Professor and Head of Opera Department position at the university.


Renaissance Lute & Theorbo

Born in 1988 in Rovini in Croatia, has started his guitar education with M. Domagoi Terzić at an early age and has graduated in classic guitar

from Pola Music School. He received the 1st prize at the Croatian Chamber Music Festival in 2006. He was admitted to the musicology program me of Pavia University in Cremona in 2008. Charmed by ancient music, he studied renaissance lute, theory and baroque guitar with Maurizio Piantelli.

In 2011 he received 3rd prize at the Maurizio Pratola lute contest at LʼAquila. The following year, he received f irst prize in the same contest in Baroque Music. With the help of the prizes, he participated in various baroque music festivals. He also took part in recordings with M. Sergio Azzolini and LʼAura Soave ensemble, with M. Diego Cantalupi and ‘I liuti de LʼAura Soave’ hand singer Renato Dolcini.


Viola da Gamba (Bass & Treble)

Has been performing as the Double Bass group head at the İzmir State Opera Orchestra. With the ensemble he founded,
‘İzmir Barokʼ, he has performed in many concerts both in Turkey and abroad. He performed with Hille Perl and İzmir Barok at the Bremen Alte Musik Fest which was also transmitted live at the Bremen Radio. The ensembleʼs latest CD received the best classical music CD of the year award from Andante magazine.

Oral has performed in double bass concertos with various orchestras, and He has studied with Rocco Filippini in İtaly and France.
Oral, who has been working on the technique and interpretation of viola da gamba in
recent years, has been conducting workshops on viola da gamba and Baroque music at Universities, continues his work with İzmir Barok Ensemble.


Director, Actor/Actress

She is a theater actor/actress and director. She is also Film and TV series actor/actress. She was born on July 1, 1963, in Istanbul. He graduated from Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory Theater Department (1985). After her graduation, Ayşe Lebriz Berkem worked as an actress in Bursa State Theater between 1985 and 1987 and in many plays of Istanbul State Theater from 1987 to 2018.

Ayşe Lebriz Berkem has acted in many movies and TV series since 2006 as well as acting in theater. He continues to take part in new projects.

The theater hall in the Academy of Science, Education, Art and Culture opened by Tarsus Municipality was named after Director and Actress Ayşe Lebriz Berkem.

Pera Museum