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“Göknur is a soprano gifted with a voice of great beauty...she has the ability to hold an audience with both the intensity of her performance and her musicianship.”

— Conductor Richard Bonynge AC, CBE, Commandeur de l'Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres

Australian Muslim Soprano Ayşe Göknur Shanal has performed in USA, Germany, France, Ireland, India, Japan, Turkey, England, Scotland, Wales, Cyprus and Morocco. She has performed with Opera Australia, Turkish State Opera and Opera Queensland, roles including Mimì, Tosca, Blanche de la Force, Pamina and Susanna. She was a guest artist in many festivals, including the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Mersin International Music Festival (Turkey) and Sydney Festival. She performs regularly at the Sydney Opera House and is a soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne, Adelaide, West Australia, and with the Australian Haydn Ensemble. She has also recently performed with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.


She studied at Royal College of Music and was an adjunct member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.


Ayşe has won many competitions and awards around the world. Some of these include, the Australian Singing Competition, Metropolitan Opera Award (New York), Queens Trust for Young Australians, Symphony Australia’s Young Performers Award (Vocal Category), Countess of Munster (UK) and the Sonderpreis der Loreley-Festspiele at the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition (Germany).


She has a graduate law degree from Western Sydney University and is an advocate for the environment, Human Rights, Australia’s First Nations People, and Peace. She is also part of Sydney’s 24/7 Kitchen, distributing food and other necessities to the city’s homeless community.


Upcoming engagements for 2021 include engagements at the Sydney Opera House, performances with Penrith Symphony Orchestra and Concertante Ensemble, as well as recitals with pianist Eugenia Tamplon. She also also be releasing an album of traditional Welsh songs. Ayşe’s discography includes Love and Life, released with Taslig Records and Çanakkale-Gallipoli Songs, with Wirripang. She can be regularly heard on ABC Classic FM and FinemusicFM.


Ayşe is passionate about using her art form consciously, to make a genuine and direct impact in the world.

“When a concert leaves you feeling excited and energised for hours afterwards, you know it was

an exceptionally good one”— Len Power