The Croatian baritone has been part of the ensemble at Opera Cologne for a long period of time and remains connected with the house through regular cooperation.
Having achieved his singing degree with honors studying in Graz with Prof. Wolfgang Gamerith, he continued his studies in Lied and Oratorio. He completed them with Prof. Hans Sotin at Musikhochschule Cologne and in master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, among others.
Miljenko Turk was awarded in several international singing competitions and has a wide concert repertoire. He has was a guest several times with the Cologne Philharmonic, at Munich’s Gasteig, Bamberg, at Schlossfestspiele Ludwigsburg, and at the Düsseldorf Tonhalle.
At Opera Cologne, he sang Papageno, Dandini, Silvio, Malatesta, Marcello, Guglielmo, Wildschütz-Graf, Sharpless, Donner, and with great success Billy Budd, Wolfram, Harlekin, and Jakob Lenz to name the latest.
He has been a guest at Festspiele Bayreuth, Salzburger Festspiele, Styriarte Festival Graz, Garsington Festival, and Ludwigsburger Festspiele as well as in Dresden, Stuttgart, and Vienna where he was celebrated for his Graf von Luxemburg, Papageno, Barber of Seville, and Dr. Falke.
His recent opera projects included Don Giovanni (Rostock), Guglielmo/Cosi fan tutte and Ottokar/Freischütz (Cologne), Freddy/My fair Lady (Muscat in Oman), Benvenuto Cellini/Meistersinger (Dresden / Staatsoperette).
Recent concert engagements led him throughout Europe on a tour with the NDR-Orchestra under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock (Paris, Hamburg), with the Radio Philharmonic Orkest under Markus Stenz (Amsterdam), and a tour with the NWD Philharmonic under Andrew Grams.
At the beginning of 2016, Miljenko Turk made his debut at the Opéra National de Paris in the new production by Stefan Herheim of Wagners‘ Meistersinger.
Also, he debuted as Fieramosca in Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini and sang in Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexiko at Opera Cologne, as well as in Rihm’s Deus Passus at the Tivoli in Utrecht under the baton of Markus Stenz.
Miljenko Turk celebrates frequent successes in the Liedfach and is also able to accompany himself at the piano.
Future projects at his parent house, Opera Cologne, include the new production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser/Wolfram von Eschenbach and the role of Don Giovanni. In addition, he will be making his debut as Gabriel von Eisenstein in the new production of J Strauss’ Die Fledermaus under the musical direction of Marcus Bosch.


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Repertoire Concert

Beethoven Symphony no. 9
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Rasch, Torsten Orchesterlied (UA)
Rihm Deus Passus
  Symphony no. 3

Repertoire Opera

Beneš The Players Hamlet
Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini Fieramosca
Bernstein Candide Maximilian
Bizet Carmen Dancaïro
Britten Billy Budd 2nd mate
    Billy Budd
  The Rape of Lucretia Tarquinius
Cherubini Les deux journées Sémos
Donizetti Don Pasquale Dr. Malatesta
  L'elisir d'amore Belcore
Eötvös Love and Other Demons Father Cayetano Delaura
Glanert Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung Herr von Wernthal
Halevy La Juive Albert
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Father
Kálmán Die Csárdásfürstin Edwin
Korngold Die tote Stadt Fritz
Krenek Das geheime Königreich Narr
  Jonny spielt auf Daniello
Künneke Lady Hamilton Lord Percy Harwich
Lehár The Count of Luxembourg René
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Silvio
Loewe My Fair Lady Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Lortzing Der Wildschütz Graf von Eberbach
Martinu Ariane Thésée
Massenet Don Quichotte Juan
Méhul L'irato Scapin
Menotti The Telephone Ben
Monteverdi Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria Eumete
  L'Orfeo Apollon
Mozart Così fan tutte Guglielmo
  Die Zauberflöte Papageno
  Don Giovanni Don Giovanni
  La finta giardiniera Nardo
  La finta semplice Don Cassandro
  L'oca del Cairo Don Pippo
Orff Carmina Burana Bariton
Prokofiev The Love for Three Oranges Pantalon
  War and Peace Napoleon
Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites Zivilbeamter
  Les mamelles de Tirésias Der Gatte
Puccini La Bohème Marcello
  Tosca Sciarrone
  Turandot Ping
Rihm Die Eroberung von Mexico Cortez
  Jakob Lenz Lenz
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Figaro
  La Cenerentola Dandini
  Le comte Ory Raimbaud
  L'italiana in Algeri Haly
Ruzicka Celan C 2
Schreker Die Gezeichneten Gonsalvo Fieschi
Staud Die Antilope Victor
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Dr. Falke
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos Harlekin
  Capriccio Olivier
Verdi Attila Ezio
  Il trovatore Luna
  La battaglia di Legnano Rolando
  Rigoletto Marullo
Wagner Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg Hermann Ortel
  Lohengrin 3. Edler
  Parsifal 4. Knappe
  Ring des Nibelungen Donner
Weber Der Freischütz Kilian
Weill Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny Bill
Zeller Der Vogelhändler Baron Weps


Minnesingers' contest and operetta bliss at the Opera Cologne
Not many artists are able to unite the classic opera repertoire with works from the 20th and 21st century in their schedules, let alone perform it to continuous perfection. One of those artists, however, is Croatian baritone Miljenko Turk. He masters the classic opera repertoire from Mozart to Puccini and devotes himself with great emphasis to the often highly challenging and rarely performed works of the 20th and 21st century.

In the season 2017/18, Miljenko Turk will again be performing demanding and fach-overlapping roles at his parent house, the Opera Cologne.
On September 24th, the new production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser celebrates ist premiere, in which Turk sings the multifaceted role of Wolfram von Eschenbach under the baton of GMD Francois-Xavier Roth. In this role he will be on stage for a total of nine performances: September 30th, October 06th/08th/12th/14th/22nd/28th and November 1st.
Further, Miljenko Turk will make his role debut as Gabriel von Eisenstein on November 26th, when he is on stage in the new production of Die Fledermaus under the baton of Marcus Bosch. The production can be seen throughout the entire month of December.



Die Antilope / Oper Köln / 07.03.17 /

"hervorragend gemeistert" 

Die Antilope / Oper Köln / 05.03.17 /

"wieder einmal überragend" 

Die Antilope / Oper Köln / 30.10.16 /

"mit einer schönen Mischung Komik und Eleganz" 

Der Vogelhändler / Oper Köln / 17.12.16 /

"elegant von Stimme und Auftreten" 

Jakob Lenz / Oper Köln / 22.03.14 /

"ein faszinierender Lenz" 

Jakob Lenz / Oper Köln / 22.03.14 /

"nichts weniger als ereignishaft" 
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