The Opera Studio Singers Sing Mozart with the
Israel Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Karin Ben Yosef
February 23 at the Tel Aviv Museum
The singers of the Opera Studio, the Israeli Opera's Young Artists Program, will perform a special Mozart program with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, as part of the orchestra's regular subscription series. Young Israel conductor Karin Ben Yosef will conduct the concert which will feature arias, duets and ensembles from popular Mozart operas including Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte and Die Zauberflote. The concert will take place on February 23 at the Tel Aviv Museum.
The concert will be devoted to the operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and in particular to the women in these operas and the complicated relations between the sexes and between the classes in Mozart's works. The soloists in these concerts will be sopranos Efrat Ashkenazi, Agam Englrad-Saar, Avigail Gurtler, Dika Philosoph and Ala Vasilevitsky, mezzo sopranos Na'ama Goldman and Yifat Weisskopf, tenors Nadav Inbar and Given Nkosi and baritone Shlomi Wagner.
The Opera Studio singers perform regularly with local orchestras including with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra.
The Opera Studio is a practical study and performance program for young Israeli opera singers who graduated from any given music academy and who are on the verge of embarking on an operatic career. The major goal of the Opera Studio is to nurture operatic talent in Israel and to help young opera singers to work in their profession. The Opera Studio program is aimed at young Israeli opera singers who are willing to hone their craft, further their studies on an ongoing basis and gain stage experience, thus getting ready for a full-fledged operatic career.
The actual curriculum of the Opera Studio is aimed at enlarging the experience of the participating singers and enabling them to gain musical and dramatic knowledge on a personal level and even more so as part of ensemble work.
At the end of first ten years of the Opera Studio program the 40 singers who were part of the program have between themselves performed around 90 roles in various Israeli Opera productions, side by side with participating in numerous concerts and performances in which they performed a very wide repertoire. Singers who have graduated from the Opera Studio program continue to perform in Israeli Opera productions on a regular basis as well as perform with orchestras all over Israel. All Opera Studio members performed most successfully in the Israeli Opera production of La traviata both in Tel Aviv (October 2001) and on a most successful tour to Wiesbaden, Germany (May 2003). In the fall of 2005 all members of the Opera Studio participated in a production of Dido & Aeneas which was performed in Tel Aviv and in Stuttgart. In the summer of 2010 all Opera Studio singers participated in the world premiere of Alice in Wonderland (David Sebba).
Opera Studio alumni such as Hila Baggio, Ira Bertman, David Bizic, Noa Danon, Lilia Gretsova, Rachel Frenkel, Dana Marbach, Svetlana Sandler, Shira Raz, perform regularly leading roles with the Israeli Opera as well as in opera houses around the world.
The Opera Studio is supported by the Zvi & Ofra Meitar Family Fund, The British friends of the Israeli Opera, Leora Goldman in memory of her mother Ahuva (Lili) Goldman, Leumi Private Banking, Rachel and Beni Birman, Helen and Peter Simpson, The Kahn Family Fund for Humanitarian Support, the Zakai Family in memory of Pinchas (Pini) Zakai and the Dumka Family in memory of Eliezer Dumka.
The Music Director of the Opera Studio is David Sebba.
Current members of the Opera Studio are:
Efrat Ashkenazi, Avigail Gurtler, Paraschiva Philosoph, Ala Vasilevitsky soprano; Na'ama Goldman, Yifat Weisskopf, mezzo soprano; Nadav Inbar, tenor.
Pianist: Dilya Reinina
Affiliated singers for this season: Agam Englard-Saar, soprano; Shlomi Wagner, baritone.