Soprano Aylin Sezer received the Schaunard Award for “Most Impressive Dutch Opera Singer of 2017” and The HOTIAD Award for “Turkish Artist of the Year 2017”.
Aylin sang Emma (Khovanshchina), Despina and Zerlina in Opera Vlaanderen, Fünfte Magd in Theater Basel and roles as Violetta, Nedda, Pamina, Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Nele in the recently rediscovered work of Jan van Gilse’s Thijl and Micaëla in various Dutch Opera Companies. She sang with Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord as Pamina in the world tour of Peter Brook's production of The Magic Flute. She had the pleasure to sing Elizabeth and Venus in a new chamber orchestra arrangement of Tannhäuser, together with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra. Aylin sang the Dutch première of Elizbar Lomdaridze’s Vocalise, during a gala of the Dutch National Opera.
As a concert soloist she sang amongst other pieces, Pisana in Verdi's I due Foscari under Giancarlo Andretta and Delius’ A village Romeo and Juliet under the baton of Sir Mark Elder in Concertgebouw’s ZaterdagMatinée.
Aylin sung under the direction of conductors such as Paul McCreesh, Alexander Joel and Dmitri Jurowski and worked with stage directors such as Peter Brook, David Alden and David Bösch.
Aylin has a Turkish father and a Dutch mother. She was born and raised in Istanbul. She moved to the Netherlands for her conservatoire studies. She graduated from the Dutch National Opera Academy with a special distinction for “exceptional artistic quality” and was a finalist in the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition.