Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts / İstanbul Kültür Sanat Vakfı presents

Leyla Gencer: La Diva Turca

A documentary film, written by Zeynep Oral

Director Selçuk Metin

A documentary about the world-renowned Turkish soprano Leyla Gencer (1928-2008), featuring interviews with Gencer’s acquaintances and archival footage of her extraordinary performances.

Spending most of her career in Italy, Gencer was instrumental to the Donizetti Renaissance, starring in several of Donizetti’s forgotten operas. Her extraordinary career featured operatic performances of works by Monteverdi, Gluck, Mozart, Cherubini, Puccini, Prokofiev, Britten, Poulenc, Menotti, and Rocca.

Completed in 2018, Selçuk Metin’s documentary offers a rare glimpse into Gencer’s remarkable life.