TIMUR, “extravagantly transgressive tenor” with “stratospheric voice” (Mark Swed, LA TIMES), is a Kazakh-American opera singer and film producer based in Los Angeles.. 


Profiled in LA Weekly’s special edition of BEST OF LA PEOPLE 2011, Timur collaborated with many celebrated contemporary composers, including Thomas Adès (Powder Her Face), Evan Ziporyn (A House in Bali, Oedipus, F.A.Q.), Louis Andriessen (Theater of the World), David Lang (Anatomy Theater), Michael Gordon (Acquanetta), Anne LeBaron (Crescent City, LSD, Silent Steppe Cantata), David T. Little (Artaud in the Black Lodge), Mohammed Fairouz (Pierrot), Silvano Bussotti (Silvano Sylvano), Kate Moore (The Dam) Erling Wold (Uksus), Veronika Krausas (Hopscotch), Peter Eötvös (Snatches of Conversations), Tobias Picker (An American Tragedy); and film composers Charles Bernstein, Joel Goldsmith and Nick Urata. 

Solo appearances include LA Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Hawaii Opera Theater, Operadagen Rotterdam, Sarasota Opera, Santa Cecilia Academy, PROTOTYPE Festival, BAM Next Wave, Palace of the Arts Budapest (MUPA), LA Opera, Bard SummerScape Festival, NOF in Switzerland and The Industry LA.


His theatrical glam-opera band Timur and the Dime Museum appeared on America’s Got Talent; REDCAT Gala with Jack Black; opening for Tiger Lilies and DeVotchKa; and closely collaborated with the Klaus Nomi songwriter, Kristian Hoffman. The band was featured in the opera Zoophilic Follies by Daniel Corral at the NOW Festival; the Industry LA production of Crescent City; and as part of PROTOTYPE Festival 2013 and 2015. Recently, Timur and the Dime Museum performed a critically-acclaimed project COLLAPSE by Daniel Corral at LA’s Redcat Theater, Miami Light Project, Operadagen Rotterdam and BAM 2015 Next Wave Festival. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects in collaboration with fashion designer Victor Wilde and video artist Jesse Gilbert, COLLAPSE told a story of environmental disasters. It is now available as an album, produced by DeVotchKa’s frontman, Nick Urata. The band will perform The Great Soviet Bucket, a recipient of the NPN/VAN commission, and in the world premiere of Artaud in the Black Lodge by David T. Little.


Timur collaborated with Anne LeBaron on her large-scale musical project about Kazakhstan, Silent Steppe Cantata, which premiered at the Congress Hall in Astana in 2011. As a grant recipient of the Center for Cultural Innovation and Foundation for Contemporary Art, Timur designed and directed a theatrical installation DO_SCREAM, based on opera Dido and Aeneas, for Fisch Haus Museum in Kansas, and the California Institute of the Arts. 

As a creative executive of ACE Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of Malaysian-based ACE Group corporation, Timur produced Clemency, starring Golden Globe-winner Alfre Woodard (Grand Jury Prize Winner at Sundance 2019); Blush, a dark comedy, starring Wendi McLendon-Covey (Sundance 2019); Measure of Revenge, a thriller starring Oscar-winner Melissa Leo and Bella Thorne; and executive produced M for Magic, a documentary about the world-renowned Magic Castle in Hollywood; Color Out of Space, a horror starring Nicolas Cage (TIFF 2019); the supernatural thriller Daniel Isn't Real (SXSW 2019) with Elijah Wood’s Company X; and Come Away, a fantasy-drama, starring Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie and directed by Oscar-winner Brenda Chapman (Sundance 2020).


The Opera of Timur Productions is a combination of all creative projects involving TIMUR and the worlds of opera, performance art and his band, Timur and the Dime Museum.

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