One of the legendary sopranos of the 20th century, Leyla Gencer is on doodle today by the initiative of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV).
Leyla Gencer played dozens of roles on the leading opera stages of the world; she contributed in the education of many young opera singers; she held the post of president of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts Board of Trustees; and she died in 2008. Google prepared a special doodle for the 85th birth anniversary of Leyla Gencer, under the initiative of İKSV, which can be seen by all visitors on www.google.com.tr today, 10 October, Thursday.
Doodles are changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. Google has also made special doodles for Barış Manço, Piri Reis, Sabiha Gökçen, and Mevlana.
Leyla Gencer is acclaimed as the last of the legendary divas of the 20th century. She enjoyed an illustrious career on the major opera stages of the world, especially at La Scala where she was the prima donna for nearly 25 years, with an immense repertoire that embraced 72 roles ranging from lyric soprano to dramatic coloratura. Her many performances are still taken as references throughout the world and she also came to be known as the pioneer of the Donizetti Renaissance for her outstanding performances of the composer's forgotten operas. From 80's on, she dedicated herself to the education of young opera artists and acted as the artistic director of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala. She also served as the president of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts Board of Trustees. Leyla Gencer died on 10 May 2008.