Meitar Opera Studio

Meitar Opera Studio


Meitar Opera Studio
The Young Artists Program of the Israeli Opera

The Meitar 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 Meitar Opera Studio is to nurture operatic talent in Israel and to help young opera singers to work in their profession. The Meitar 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 Meitar 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 14 years of the Opera Studio program the 55 singers who were part of the program have between themselves performed around 120 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 singers also performed in concerts in Switzerland, Great Britain, Australia and South Korea. Notable Opera Studio productions include Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart) with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA as well as with the Israel Sinfonietta Beersheva and as La boheme (Puccini), Werther (Massenet), Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), Suor angelica (Puccini), The Telephone and The Medium (Menotti), Don Giovanni (Mozart) and others.

Opera Studio alumni Hila Baggio, Ira Bertman, Hila Fahima, Noa Danon, Dana Marbach, Ana Virovlanski, Shiri Hershkovitz, Svetlana Sandler, Rachel Frenkel, Ayala Zimbler, Na'ama Goldman, David Bizic, Oded Reich and others perform regularly leading roles with the Israeli Opera as well as in major opera houses around the world.

The Opera Studio is supported by the Zvi & Ofra Meitar Family Fund as well as by donations from the Landesberg family in everlasting memory of Eva Landesberg, the  Friends of the Israeli Opera (UK) Scholarship Fund, Alrov Fund, Uri Weltsch, Edna & Arnan Gabrieli, Leora Goldman in memory of her mother Ahuva (Lili) Goldman, Zakai family in memory of Pinchas (Pini) Zakai, Rachel and Beni Birman, Morris Kahn, Helen & Peter Simpson in memory of Teddy & Ernst Simpson/Schweitzer, in memory of Miriam & David Weisz, Caracas, Venezuela, Dame Shirley Porte and the late Sir Leslie, Tsiky Rosenthal (Ganmore) and family in loving memory of her husband, Dr. Jerome Rosenthal, in loving memory of Dr. Eliezer Domke, Ronen Foundation for advancing young artists in classical music and an anonymous donation.

The Music Director of the Opera Studio is David Sebba.

Current members of the Opera Studio (2014/15) are:

Tal Bergman, Goni Knaani, Tali Ketzef, soprano
Shahar Lavi, Nitzan Yogev, mezzo soprano
Eitan Drori, tenor
Anton Alexeev, Yair Polishook, baritone
Yakov Strizhak, bass

Meitar Opera Studio Donation

Zvi & Ofra Meitar Family Fund
In everlasting memory of Eva Landesberg; beloved never to be forgotten, daughter mother sister
Dame Shirley Porter & the late Sir Leslie
The Friends of the Israeli Opera (UK) Scholarship Fund
Morris Kahn
Anonymous Donation
Alrov Fund
Rachel and Beny Birman
Uri Weltsch
Edna & Arnan Gabrieli
“Ronen Foundation” Advancing Young Artists in Classical Music
In loving memory of Dr. Eliezer Domke, from his family
Leora Goldman in memory of her mother Ahuva (Lili) Goldman
In honor of Dalia Hurvitz, with love from Ruthi and Misha
Zakai family in memory of Pinchas (Pini) Zakai
Helen & Peter Simpson in memory of Teddy & Ernst Simpson / Schweitzer
Tsiky Rosenthal (Ganmore) and family in loving memory of her husband,
Dr. Jerome Rosenthal
In memory of Miriam & David Weisz, Caracas, Venezuela

We invite you to support young artists and develop a new generation of outstanding Israeli opera singers.
For donations and further information please contact Limor Sagi, Adv. Telephone: +972-3-6927782
Fax: +972-3-6954886
development@tapac.org.il

Opera Studio Members since its inception:

2014-2015

Tal Bergman - soprano
Goni Knaani - soprano
Tali Ketzef - soprano
Shahar Lavi - mezzo soprano
Nitzan Yogev - mezzo soprano
Eitan Drori - tenor
Anton Alexeev - baritone 
Yair Polishook - baritone
Yakov Strizhak - bass

2013-2014

Tal Bergman, soprano
Daniela Skorka, soprano
Anat Czarny, mezzo soprano
Nitzan Yogev, mezzo soprano
Yair Polishook, baritone
Yakov Strizhak, bass
Eitan Drori, tenor

Associate Singer:
Goni Knaani, soprano
Anton Alexeev, baritone

2012-13

Hershkovitz Shiri, soprano
Sayag Yael, soprano
Skorka Daniela, soprano
Atari Hadar, soprano
Czarny Anat, mezzo soprano
Bloch Shay, mezzo soprano
Reich Oded, bass-baritone

Associate Singer:
Iticovici Hadar, soprano

2011-12

Avigail Gurtler, soprano
Dika Philosoph, soprano
Na'ama Goldman, Mezzo soprano
Shiri Hershkovitz, soprano
Oded Reich, bass-baritone
Shay Bloch, mezzo soprano
Yael Sayag, soprano

Associate Singer:
Hadar Atari, soprano

2010-11

Efrat Ashkenazi, Soprano
Yifat Weisskopf, Mezzo-Soprano
Alla Vasilevitsky, Soprano
Avigail Gurtler, soprano
Dika Philosoph, soprano
Nadav Inbar, tenor
Na'ama Goldman, Mezzo soprano
Dilya Reinina, pianist

Associate Singer:
Shlomi Wagner, baritone
Agam Englard-Saar, soprano
Affiliated singer: Given Nkosi, tenor 


2009-10

Yair Goren, Baritone
Hila Fahima, Soprano
Mima Millo, Soprano
Shira Shafir, Soprano
Yifat Weisskopf, Mezzo-Soprano
Alla Vasilevitsky, Soprano
Ayala Zimbler, Mezzo-Soprano
Dilya Reinina, pianist


Associate Singer:
Efrat Ashkenazi, Soprano


2008-09

Yair Goren, Baritone
Rinat Goldmann, Soprano
Lilia Gretsova, Soprano
Limor Ilan. Mezzo-Soprano
Mima Millo, Soprano
Shira Shafir, Soprano
Ayala Zimbler, Mezzo-Soprano
Maria NIkitin, Pianist

Associate Singer:
Zohar Agmon,  Mezzo-Soprano


2008-2007

Rinat Goldmann, Mezzo-Soprano
Lilia Gretsova, Soprano
Limor Ilan. Mezzo-Soprano
Yasmine Levi Ellentuck , Sopran
Gabriel Loewenheim, Baritone
Ville Lignell, Bass-Baritone
Ilona Toivis, Mezzo-Soprano
Maria NIkitin, Pianist

2007-2006

Noa Danon, Soprano
Ilona Toivis, Mezzo-Soprano
Yasmine Levi Ellentuck , Sopran
Gabriel Loewenheim, Baritone
Yael Levita, Soprano
Ville Lignell, Bass-Baritone
Rachel Frankel, Mezzo-Soprano

2002-2000

Ira Bertman, Soprano
Sharon Dvorin, Soprano
Noam Talmon, Baritone
Andrei Trifonov, Bass
Svetlana Sandler, Mezzo-Soprano
Yulia Plakhina, Mezzo-Soprano
Michael Riskin, Tenor

2003-2002

Ira Bertman, Soprano
Hila Baggio, Soprano
David Bizic, Baritone
Marina Zolotov, Mezzo-Soprano
Noam Talmon, Baritone
Yelena Fuchs, Soprano

2004-2003

Hila Baggio, Soprano
Ana Virovlansky, Soprano
Marina Zolotov, Mezzo-Soprano
Eleonar Liveney, Mezzo-Soprano
Enas Massalha, Soprano
Yelena Fuchs, Soprano
Amit Friedman, Baritone

2005-2004

Bat Ami Osipov, Soprano
Shirly Hod, Soprano
Enas Massalha, Soprano
Yevgeny Nezhinetz, Baritone
Anastasia Klevan, Soprano
Alexandra Chebat, Mezzo-Soprano
Shira Raz, Mezzo-Soprano

2006-2005

Bat Ami Osipov, Soprano
Shirly Hod, Soprano
Dana Marbach, Soprano
Yevgeny Nezhinetz, Baritone
Anastasia Klevan, Soprano
Alexandra Chebat, Mezzo-Soprano
Shira Raz, Mezzo-Soprano