Council and Board of Directions
The Israeli Opera General Director
Hanna Munitz was born in Germany, in 1946.
She studied Philosophy, Theatre and Law at the Tel Aviv University.
She began her career in the performing arts world at Israel's national theatre Habima, Tzavta Theatre, the Orna Porat Theater for Children and Youth, and the Actors' Stage Theatre Company. In 1970, she joined the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv, where she worked as a Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Special Projects Manager.
Hanna Munitz worked at the Israeli Opera since its founding in 1985, in a number of positions, including Deputy Director General.
In 1995 she was appointed the General Director of the Israeli Opera. Under her direction, the Israeli Opera became one of the most prominent cultural institutions in Israel, an international opera house who collaborates regularly with leading international opera houses, as well as acclaimed international opera singers.
The Israeli Opera, under Munitz's leadership, initiated co-productions and collaborations with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the National Opera of Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Vienna State Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and many more.
In addition, under Munitz's direction, the Israeli Opera toured with great success to opera festivals in Savonlinna (Finland) and Wiesbaden (Germany), as well as performed in the opera houses of Rome and Berlin.
In 1999, Hanna Muntiz initiated the Community Opera project, which aims at familiarizing hundreds of amateur artists living in Israel‘s geographic periphery, with the world of the opera.
Munitz attributes a great importance to extended educational activities that the Israeli Opera conducts all over Israel, in proportions that were never seen before in other Israeli cultural institutions or in other opera houses around the world.
In 2000, Munitz founded the Israeli Opera's Young Artist Program (today the Meitar Opera Studio), believing that one of the Israeli Opera's important goals is nurturing a new generation of Israeli opera singers. Many graduates of the program perform regularly not only on the stage of the Israeli Opera, but also on leading opera stages around the world.
Hanna Muniz commissioned new Israeli operas from leading Israeli composers, which the Israeli Opera performed successfully on its stage and in tours to other opera houses and important festivals worldwide. This was done believing that one of the Israeli Opera's roles is also to promote contemporary operatic writing, relevant to the Israel of our time.
Since 2003, the Israeli Opera presents a special free of charge summer event, with the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo: an opera production at the Yarkon Park, in front of tens of thousands of opera buffs of all ages.
In addition, the Israeli Opera presents free live broadcasts some of its opera house and festival productions to the piazza in front of the opera house and to different communities in Israel‘s geographic periphery.
In 2010, Hanna Munitz founded the international open-air summer opera festival at Masada. The festival quickly became one of the most important opera festivals in the world. Thousands of culture tourists came for the first time to Israel to see the festival's performances. Following the festival's success, Hanna Munitz founded the Jerusalem Opera Festival at the Sultan's Pool and the Akko Opera Festival at the Crusaders Court.
Hanna Munitz won important awards and prizes for her work as General Director of the Israeli Opera:
In 2005, Globs newspaper noted Hanna Muniz as one of the 50 most influential women in the country.
In 2006, Munitz was awarded the Woman of the Year Award on behalf of the city of Tel Aviv for her contribution to the city.
In 2009, Hanna Munitz was awarded the Puccini Award from the Italian government.
In 2010, Hanna Munitz received the Israeli Tourism Association Award for her work in the marketing of Israel's culture worldwide following the Masada Festival.
In 2011, the International Cultural Forum of the Mediterranean Countries selected Hanna Munitz as Woman of the Year, following the success of the Opera Festival at Masada.
In 2011, Hanna Munitz received the title of Commendatore by the President of Italy, for her contribution to the promotion of Italian arts and culture in Israel.
In 2015, Hanna Munitz received an Honorary Fellowship of the Tel Aviv University.
Born in Israel. His international career began in 1975 after winning the first prize in the first Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition. Prior to that, when he was 13 years old, Oren was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to perform the boy solo part in his opus Chichester Psalms. Since winning the competition, Oren conducted opera productions in the USA and Europe and was music director and principal conductor of several Italian opera houses including those of Rome, Trieste, Naples, Genoa and others. Today he is the artistic director of the Verdi Opera House in Salerno, Italy. Daniel Oren conducts regularly in all leading international opera houses including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan in New York, the Arena in Verona where he conducts regularly every summer, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Bastille in Paris and the opera houses of Rome, Trieste, Genoa, Florence, Parma, Turin, Venice, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Tokyo, Houston, Washington, China and many others. He also conducts symphonic concerts with leading orchestras including the orchestras of Rome, Florence, Koln, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich and many others. His vast operatic repertoire includes many operas by Verdi such as Aida, Simon Boccanegra, La traviata, Rigoletto, Nabucco and others as well as Andrea Chenier (Giordano), Norma (Bellini), La Juive (Halevy), Carmen(Bizet), Tosca, La boheme, Madama Butterfly (Puccini) and many others. He has many CDs, and DVDs to his credit including Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot (Puccini), Aida, Nabucco (Verdi), La Sonnambula (Bellini) and many others. At the Israeli Opera he conducted Nabucco, Luisa Miller (Verdi), La bohème, Tosca (Puccini),La Juive (Halevy), Norma (Bellini), Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) as well as Nabucco, Aida, La traviata(Verdi) and Carmen (Bizet) at Masada. Daniel Oren is the Music Director of the Israeli Opera