After graduating from high school, Suat Arıkan entered the Ankara State Conservatory
and graduated in 1981. He continued his singing, style and repertoire work with Dan
Iordacescu, Daniel Ferro, Leyla Gencer, Licinio Montefusco and Elisabetta di Stefano.
Arıkan has a rich repertoire ranging from the 17th century to contemporary music; he
has performed many concerts at home and abroad.
Some of them;
Il Trovatore (Ferrando), Macbeth (Banco), Nabucco (Zaccaria) , Othello (Iago), Tosca
(Scarpia), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni , Leporello), Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro), Il
Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Basilio), Maometto II (Maometto), Il Turco in Italia (Selim), La
Bohème ( Colline ), Salome (Johannaan), Carmen ( Escamillo),
Les contes d'Hoffmann (Dr. Miracle), Aida ( Ramfis), Man of La Mancha (Don
Quixote), Don Quichotte (Don Quichotte)
In 1983, he won the second prize in the national singing competition and received the
special award his success in interpreting Turkish works.
In 1984, ‘Toti dal Monte, Treviso International Competition , the ‘La Rovigo Opera
In 1987, Toti dal Monte, Treviso International Competition, won first place with his
‘Sparafucile’ role in ‘Rigoletto’
In 2006, He has been honored as ‘Knight’ by the Italian President, for his contributions
The Artist has also served as a jury member at international singing competitions in
cities Milano, Como, Tirana, Capri, Salice, Spoleto, Bellano, Cinisello. And has been
working as an artistic director and administrator in Istanbul State Opera and Ballet
since the year 2003.
Arıkan continues to work as an artistic director, soloist on stages and also He has
been giving lectures in Istanbul University, Mimar Sinan University, Haliç University
State Conservatory and Bahçeşehir University. Along with music, he is also interested
in painting; and he holds exhibitions and attends art fairs as a painter at home and