TIMUR, “extravagantly transgressive tenor” with a “stratospheric voice” (Los Angeles Times), is a noted interpreter of contemporary and cross-cultural music. He has made solo appearances with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Long Beach Opera, Utah Opera, Sarasota Opera, Santa Cecilia Academy, LOOS Ensemble, Opera Boston, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Victoria Symphony, Astana Philharmonic, National Palace of the Arts in Budapest, DeVotchKa, Rosanna Gamson/World Wide, among many others; at the Hollywood Bowl, Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, Berlin Konzerthaus, American Repertory Theater in Boston, Zellerbach Hall in San Francisco, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “sybaritic delight“, Timur collaborated with many celebrated contemporary composers, including Thomas Adès POWDER HER FACE, Evan Ziporyn A HOUSE IN BALI, OEDIPUS, F.A.Q., Anne LeBaron CRESCENT CITY, SILENT STEPPE CANTATA, David T. Little ARTAUD IN THE BLACK LODGE, Mohammed Fairouz PIERROT, Silvano Bussotti SILVANO SYLVANO, Louis Andriessen THEATER OF THE WORLD, the late Gian-Carlo Menotti FIVE SONGS, David Lang ANATOMY THEATER, Erling Wold UKSUS, Peter Eötvös SNATCHES OF CONVERSATIONS, Tobias Picker AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY; and film composers Charles Bernstein, Joel Goldsmith, and Nick Urata.
In addition to his work in contemporary opera, Timur regularly tours with his glam rock opera band, Timur & the Dime Museum. The band was featured in the opera Zoophilic Follies by Daniel Corral; the Industry LA production of CRESCENT CITY; in NYC as part of the PROTOTYPE festival in 2013 and 2015, produced by Beth Morrison Projects and the HERE Arts Center; and in COLLAPSE by Daniel Corral, commissioned by Redcat Theater in 2014, with performances at Miami Light Project and Operadagen. David T. Little’s new 2018 project ARTAUD IN THE BLACK LODGE is being composed for Timur and the Dime Museum. He made his European recital debut at the Operadagen Rotterdam Festival, with premieres by Evan Ziporyn and David Rosenboom. Recent engagements include Pirelli SWEENEY TODD with Fresno Grand Opera, Ambrose Strang ANATOMY THEATRE for Beth Morrison/PROTOTYPE and Astrologer in Rimsky-Korsakov’s THE GOLDEN COCKEREL with Sarasota Opera. Upcoming engagements and projects include John Kennedy ONE BODY, Dionysus YOUNG CEASAR with LA Philharmonic, Triquet Eugene Onegin with Hawaii Opera Theatre, the RCAS Gala at the Embassy of France in D.C. and recitals in Japan.
With Eastman’s Ossia Players Timur performed EIGHT SONGS FOR A MAD KING and premiered the role of Paul Mash in ORANGO by Shostakovich, directed by Peter Sellars, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and released on Deutsche Grammophon. He performed in Ligeti’s LE GRAND MACABRE at the National Palace of Arts in Hungary, which received live radio broadcast across Europe; in the world premiere of PIERROT by Mohammed Fairouz with the Da Capo Ensemble; HOMMAGE A KLAUS NOMI by Olga Neuwirth, as part of the 21c Liederabend/BAM Next Wave Festival; Naxos-released recording of Rossini in Wildbad Festival’s production of Ser Marcantonio. As a recipient of the Center for Cultural Innovation and Foundation for Contemporary Art grants, Timur designed an installation DO_SCREAM, based on Dido and Aeneas; created a play, based on Szymanowski’s song-cycle SONGS OF THE MAD MUEZZIN; directed a staged premiere of Chinary Ung’s STILL LIFE AFTER DEATH; collaborated with film artist Sandra Powers on over ten music videos, and currently is collaborating with Margaret Cho on his new cabaret comedy show LOVE, HONOR, OBEY. His voice can be heard on the soundtrack of film Ruby Sparks released by Fox Searchlight. He is a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts.