Attila Manizade was born in Cyprus. He began his musical education while studying architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. Following his graduation from the Istanbul Technical University Conservatory, he continued his musical studies in Germany and specialized in German Opera under the direction of Prof. A. Mayer.
Upon his return to Istanbul in 1960, Manizade made his debut at the opening night of the Istanbul State Opera, and became the leading bass soloist of the Opera. In the 1980′s he was the Artistic Director and General Manager of the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet. In addition to his concerts and performances, Manizade is a distinguished member of the State Conservatory at Istanbul Technical University.
Attila Manizade is critically acclaimed not only for his exceptional vocal range and ability, but also for his uniquely dramatic interpretations. Widely praised as an artist of great versatility, he has an extensive repertoire of more than forty operas ranging from dramatic roles to buffo parts.
Attila Manizade has performed Osmin with an international cast at the Istanbul International Festival since its inception at in 1973 through 1995 and in many festivals in Europe. He has also performed with great success in many capitals and principal cities throughout the world. In 1998 he received the title of State Artist from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. As of today, he teaches at the State Conservatory.
Apart from performing such dramatic roles such as King Phillip (Don Carlos), Attila, Zaccaria (Nabuco), Silva (Ernani), Mephistopheles (Faust), Salieri (Mozart and Salieri), Rocco (Fidelio), Attila Manizade also performed such buffo roles as Don Pasquale, Don Basilio (Barber of Seville), Mustafa (An Italian Girl in Algeria), Figaro (Marriage of Figaro), Leporello (Don Giovanni), and Osman (Abduction from Seraglio).
His best known role, namely Osman in The Abduction from the Seraglio won him international acclaim; he performs this role every year at the famous International Arts Festival in its original setting of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.
Attila Manizade's extensive repertoire includes works of Verdi, Beethoven, and Adran Saygun. He gave concerts in many countries including: England, Turkey, North Cyprus, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russia, Egypt, USA, and Peoples Republic of China.
REFERENCE: Bener Hakkı Hakeri / Kültürümüzde Sanatçılar ve Yazarlar İsimler Sözlüğü (2004), Attila Manizade (attilamanizade.blogspot.com, 08.01.2019).