"Hello I am İbrahim YEŞİLAY. I am born in Ankara in the month of December in 1990. I have done my high school in Computer Software Programming in a technical school and then continued with my bachelor's studies in Computer Teaching program of Gazi University. I am currently student in the first class bachelor at the State Conservatory of Ankara. Actually, I have never been a music-passionate. Like every other young person in Turkey, I have been raised to become a state-employee. However, I discovered my interest in opera three years ago via a friend of mine. It all happened, thus, in such a short span of time. I mean in such a short period opera became very central to my life, heart, brain and dreams…When I was graduated from my bachelor in Computer Teaching, I was thinking to participate the special talent competition of the conservatory. All of the sudden, I found myself in a singing class, then as receiving the second prize in the Izmir Young Soloists Competition and as a third step I found myself competing at the final of the Belvedere Singing Competition which is one of the most prestigious competitions in Germany. After all, I signed a contract with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Germany. The only barrier at this moment is the visa procedure that the German government has for the Turkish citizens. I will be closer to my dreams when this is resolved. According to my contract, the rehearsals are starting from the 21st of August. In other words, it is happening pretty soon… Yücel Cultural Foundation has given me the greatest moral and material support in the path leading to my dreams. I thank them for supporting young people with dreams like myself and promise to support at least one motivated young person in the future in the framework of YKV. "