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ISTANBUL

Galerist

Semiha Berksoy

Wall of Hallucination

SEMIHA BERKSOY, Mom and I, 1974, Oil on masonite, 100 x 70 cm. Courtesy Galerist, Istanbul.

Semiha Berksoy is known as Turkey’s first opera singer, but she was an artist, and a diva, of a much higher order. Born in 1910, she studied sculpture and ceramics, scored a starring role in Turkey’s first sound film in 1931 and performed in the country’s first opera in 1934. After studying opera in Berlin, she became the first Turkish citizen to sing on the European stage.

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