Voice Teacher & Opera Singer
Sophie Tulga-Norman is a voice teacher and an opera singer. She has performed at the opera houses and concert stages around the world. She performed as a soloist at the opera houses, concerts, festivals, and recitals. As a voice teacher she has taught voice lessons and singing classes privately at schools and music studios for more than 20 years. A versatile singer and performer with experience in diverse styles like opera, pop and musical theater on the stage.She has a wide range of repertoire.
She has studied Voice-Opera in Germany, Italy, Turkey and the United States with some of the world's premier professors, vocal coaches and conductors. She has also attended master classes and studied some of the finest conservatoires like Hochschule für Musik, Theater and Medien Hannover in Germany, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, Bilkent University Faculty of Music Performing Arts in Turkey.
She had role preparation and solo performances under the well-known pianist and solo Répétiteur Hilda Cabezas-Grabner at the Hannover Opera House in Germany. She then started to work at the Ankara State Opera and Ballet House as a singer in Turkey. She has studied individually with world famous opera singers and conductors, attended to their master classes like Mirella Freni, Leyla Gencer and Licinio Montefusco.
After moving to United States, she chose to complete her Associate of Art degree at Tarrant County College and Bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Arlington where she was awarded a vocal scholarship. She is an alumni and a lifelong member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She has also earned Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Scholarship. While studying in the United States she had the opportunity to perform with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she performed the lead role of "Orlovsky" in Johann Strauss, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) while attending the University Texas at Arlington.
Some of her solo repertoire includes Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. Madam Flora in Menotti's The Medium, Mother in Menotti's The Consul, Charlotte in Massenet's Werther also some of her solo concert repertoire includes Wagner's Wesendonk Lieder, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Mahler 's Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Mahler's Der Jugendzeit. Her solo performances mostly were in Turkey, Germany, Italy and United States.
In her career she always found time to share her knowledge in years of experience with others. She has worked with singers, actors, teachers and performers to better understand their voice and how it is designed to function naturally so they can efficiently and effectively express themselves vocally. Additionally, she has taught individuals from various professional backgrounds how to find and use their own voice in a healthy manner, as well as rehabilitation for people suffering from vocal challenges.
Moreover, Ms. Tulga-Norman has worked successfully with diverse groups and individuals representing a wide range of ages and backgrounds in each of these areas. As a voice teacher she always focuses on vocal technical development, as well as self-awareness, relaxation, confidence, performing skills, accuracy, musicality, interpretation, and professionalism and how to find and use their own voice in a healthy manner. She put emphasis on vocal training with a relaxed, natural, free body and like to empower also encourage her students and tend to be a quite upbeat as a teacher. She has always seen great development and success in her students, winning conservatory auditions, choir auditions, vocal competitions. She also has prepared her students for participation in All State Choir auditions and University A- Capella choir auditions. She is currently teaching private voice lessons in person and online.