Curriculum Vitae

Date + place of birth: 29.05.1969, Langen (Hessen)

Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität / Frankfurt am Main
1989-1993 Philosophy

Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst / Frankfurt am Main
1992-1995 Acting
1992-1999 Opera
2009 PhD Arts Student

FH Dortmund
2014 Master Szenography / Film

Vita generally DEUTSCH
Vita Regie / Director DEUTSCH ENGLISH

Press review

Director ...

„(...) to see films made primarily for aesthetic and philosophical reasons rather than commercial profit. The festival would like to approach the caliber of films made by such great directors as Eisenstein, Antonioni, Fellini, Tarkovsky, Godard, Truffaut, Pasolini, Kurosawa, Buñuel, Norshteyn.“

„Mein Letztes Konzert, a short Yiddish film about a composer, which Quirk calls“
„A visual poem. I haven’t really seen a film like this before.“
New York, USA

„[...] is an amazing work of art with breathtaking cinematography [...]“
Florida, USA

„I think it's one of the most thoughtful films I've ever seen about the terrible time of the Holocaust - and I've seen many films about that terrible time.“
Giora Feidman

„A moving, emotional and very special film about "Holocaust" ...“ “
Rating: "particularly valuable", best film of the month – FBW - Filmbewertungstelle Wiesbaden

„An extraordinary film that fascinates with its artistic black and white pictures and tells of an old pianist, a Jew, who was found guiltless as a child.“

„My last concert by Selcuk Cara is a work on the Holocaust. A masterpiece that evokes the great horror in a small episode.“

Author ...

"Opera singer, award-winning basketball player, martial artist, jazz dancer, book author, filmmaker and political head - all for the price of one."
Caren Miosga in "NDR Caren Miosga interviewt …" (Mai 2016)

"As a bass baritone, Selcuk Cara inspires people all over the world - and has to prove time and time again that German is his mother tongue."
NDR Das! (Mai 2016)

"He cannot be imposed on a nationality. Selcuk Cara wrote a book about the search for role models and identity."
RTL Nord (Mai 2016)

"It is a special sense of humor that characterizes Selcuk Cara and can also be found in the book."
Bayern3, „Mensch, Otto!“ (April 2016)

"He takes the reader on a very entertaining journey. And with a wonderfully clear, unaffected language, just right for the partly hair-raising, partly moving stories.“
BR Klassik (April 2016)

„Cara bitingly, witty and also poetically tells how he realized his dream against all odds and resistance in school, university and society.“
NDR Info (April 2016)

„A book that is as exciting as it is amusing and sometimes depressing to read.“
Badisches Tagblatt (April 2016)

„A man with many talents.“
WDR5 Scala (April 2016)

„Selcuk Cara's life is full of incredible anecdotes."
NDR 90,3 Abendjournal (April 2016)

„The discussions about foreigners' integration and exclusion, or exceptional careers, should enrich Selcuk Cara's biography with some unusual aspects.“
Badisches Tagblatt (April 2016)

"The Turkish-born jack-of-all-trades tells of his life between East Frisia and the Orient, Hitler and Habermas in a cheerful, revealing way. A touchingly comic picaresque novel: Selcuk Cara is the funniest migration background in Germany."
stern (März 2016)

„Successful integration stories always have this advantage and at the same time the disadvantage that they are often called upon as role models. One example is the Turkish bass Selcuk Cara.“
Bayern 2 KulturWelt (März 2016)

"192 lively absurd pages about his life in Germany."
taz (März 2016)

"In the book, Cara describes the situations in a bizarre and pointed way, but the reader also senses something darker between the lines."
taz (März 2016)

"Many of the little life stories (...) have a bitter aftertaste. Sometimes even more than that - when it comes to exclusion and xenophobia, radical right-wing activity and fascist ideas."
WDR3 TonArt (März 2016)

"What Cara serves is weird, startling, sobering, or even terrifying. And everything is somehow - sometimes more sometimes less - attached to the bizarre".
WDR3 TonArt (März 2016)

"The book is really good. I had great fun reading."
Judith Rakers bei 3nach9 (März 2016)

Singer ...

„...The discovery of the premiere is the young Selcuk Cara, who makes Kaspar to a diabolic seducer by his threatening and versatile bass voice and his enormous presence.“
Frankfurter Rundschau

„[...] Singular: Turkish-born bass-baritone Selcuk Cara. Beethovens message "Alle Menschen werden Brüder / All men become brothers", unequivocally pure.“

„Ergo: Full speed ahead for Selcuk Cara’s Kaspar, an extremely pithy, but young bass-baritone ...“

„[...] Selcuk Cara as Caspar dominates the scene vocally and theatrically perfect. [...]“

„[...] With unusually relaxed acting and perfectly spoken passages Selcuk Cara presented the role of Caspar in Der Freischütz. Also his powerful Heldenbariton impressed. All together made him a star of the evening [...] Above all, he impressed in the central scene “Wolfsschlucht“ theatrically. The rest of the cast did his job - as always - [...]“

„Selcuk Cara, performing Kaspar with his immense stage presence and outstanding voice...“
ORF Kulturredaktion

„Selcuk Cara as truly powerful Hagen with multi-faceted, highly musical singing. It was understood at Selcuk Cara every word and obviously he knew what he was singing because his voice seemed inspired.“

„[...] Outstandingly the bass Selcuk Cara, who is making his debut as Hagen here fascinated the listeners [...] Selcuk Cara has delivered a brilliant debut performance.“

„The ensemble is carefully selected, it is homogeneously and harmonic. Outstanding: Selcuk Cara’s demoniac, flickering Kaspar.“
St. Galler Tagblatt

„... The actors perform better than their singer colleagues, who are inevitably fixed by the score. The exception is Selcuk Cara as Kaspar with his exceptional voice on that evening.“
SWR Kulturredaktion

„... Kaspar with Selcuk Cara is casted perfectly. The singer is a tremendous actor as well.“
Vorarlberger Nachrichten

„Selcuk Cara, a Kaspar with a wonderful thundering bass-baritone ...“

„Selcuk Cara’s Kaspar does not only juggle with a rifle, compliment, but also with a very powerful, juvenile bass-baritone ...“
Badische Zeitung

„...The discover of the premiere is the young Selcuk Cara, who makes Kaspar to a diabolic seducer by his threatening and versatile bass voice and his enormous presence.“

„Among the numerous members of the ensemble, Selcuk Cara is to be mentioned at first because of his enormous stage presence.“
Neue Presse

„exceptionally ... The German-Turkish bass sings "Schweig, schweig...!" from Weber's "Freischütz". From the classic number then it goes into an imaginative interpretation of Gershwin's "Summertime". Cara holds nothing on stage. He prances along the corridors, buttoned his shirt, drops the coat. The crowd is cheering.“
International Singing Competition "New Voices" Bertelsmann Foundation


Vita Regie / Director DEUTSCH ENGLISH
FBW-Urkunde 'Bester Kurzspielfilm August 2014'
2014 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Grand Prize (Rhode Island Int. Film Festival)
Movie poster with laurel 'Mein letztes Konzert'.
Trailer: Selcuk Cara MEIN LETZTES KONZERT (small version - 5 MByte)
Trailer: Selcuk Cara MEIN LETZTES KONZERT (big version - HD - 51 MByte)


mp3 : Selcuk Cara - Ode an die Freude / Beethovenfest Bonn
mp3 : Selcuk Cara - Kaspar "Hier im ird'schen Jammertal" / Der Freischütz
mp3 : Selcuk Cara - Kaspar "Schweig, damit dich niemand warnt" / Der Freischütz
mp3 : Selcuk Cara - Kaspar Wolfsschlucht-Szene / Der Freischütz
mp3 : Selcuk Cara - Sprecher "Wo willst du kühner Fremdling hin?" / Die Zauberflöte


Vita generally Selcuk Cara (deutsch)

Interviews / Portraits

Portrait in the Newspaper 'TAZ' from 14. March 2016
Article of the NWZ-Online from 05. Jan. 2016
Article from Dortmunder Zeitung about the movie 'Mein letztes Konzert'
Portrait in the Ruhr Nachrichten from 27. April 2015
FH Zeitung . 'Giora Feidman kam auf Stippvisite'
Excerpt 'Nürnberger Nachrichten' from 20. March 2015
Excerpt from 'Der Kameramann' (to the Film 'Mein letztes Konzert')
Excerpt from 'Der Kameramann' (to the Film 'Wiegenlied')
Article from crescendo Magazin
Article from 'Der neue Merker', Wien
Article of the NWZ-Online