From 1934 she enjoyed a long career as an eccentric but brilliant singer. In 1934 she sang in Ahmet Adnan Saygun's Özsoy - the first Turkish opera. She worked internationally, in Germany, Portugal and the USA. She sang in operas by Richard Strauss and Wagner, and helped to set up Turkish State Opera and Ballet.
Four years later she was admitted to Istanbul Memorial Hospital with kidney, heart and lung problems, where she died on 15 August 2004, aged ninety-four.