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In its belief in the importance of art for a society's development, Siemens Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş organizes an opera contest every year, aiming not only to provide incentive for young people but also to encourage an interest in art in the community. This year, the twelfth Siemens Opera Contest attracted many young artists. The preliminary eliminations were held on May 19, 20 and 21, after which three days of excitement over the outcome of the competition came to a peak when the results were announced at a gala held on the evening of May 22.
Deniz Yetim won second place in the Siemens 12th Opera Contest while the third place was shared by Alper Göçeri and Cem Beran Sertkaya. Nihan İnan was given an Honorary Mention. The artists receiving awards at the ceremony treated spectators to a mini-concert.
On the jury of the contest were State Opera and Ballet Head Director Assistant Professor Yekta Kara, State Artist Mete Uğur, General Art Director for the Dresden Opera Prof. Gerd Uecker, Achim Thorwald from the Karlsruhe Opera and Guy Montavon, General Art Director for the Erfurt Opera. The jury concurred that the young artists participating in this year's contest were extremely talented and that it was difficult to make a choice among the contestants.
The second prize-winner of the contest was awarded a six-week summer scholarship at the Salzburg Mozarteum Music Academy and a two-month complimentary enrollment at a German course at the Goethe Institut in Istanbul. The singers winning third place were given monetary awards.
As always, this year too music-lovers displayed a great interest in the Siemens Artistic Awards, which have been given out by Siemens Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. since 1993.
Born in İzmir in 1986. Began training in music in the children's chorus of the İzmir State Opera while in the third grade while taking piano lessons at the same time. High school education at the Anatolian Fine Arts High School. Later accepted into the Anatolian University State Conservatory Opera Department. Deniz İnan continues studies in music.
Born in İzmir in 1983. Graduated in 2006 from Dokuz Eylül University Conservatory. Studied for a year in Graz, Austria at the Music and Performing Arts University. Göçeri currently sings in the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Chorus.
Born in Ankara in 1981. Accepted to Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts Department, Opera and Singing Division. Won Honorary Mention in 2002 at the Siemens International Opera and Singing Contest. Continued with professional work after graduating from the university in 2004. Currently with the Ankara State Opera.
Born in Bursa in 1990. When in third grade in elementary school, was accepted into the half-day sessions of Uludağ University State Conservatory's Viola Studies department. After graduation from elementary school, was accepted into the same department's full-time classes. Studying there until Lycée-2, İnan transferred to the same class of the Istanbul University State Conservatory. In the academic year 2007-2008, was accepted to the half-day sessions of the Opera Department of the Istanbul University State Conservatory and in the subsequent year to the same department's full-time sessions. İnan continues her musical studies.