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Israeli Opera

Since its inauguration, the Opera in Israel has aimed to develop its identity as an Israeli Opera. But how is this done? What makes the Israeli Opera Israeli, or, in other words, an opera that is ours? The answer we found was to nurture Israeli artists and soloists and to commission and perform original operas by Israeli composers. We strive to achieve that through workshops, the Young Artists Program (the Opera Studio) and the promotion of young Israeli singers, who launched their career at the Israeli Opera and have since performed worldwide.
 
Israeli Opera Artists

Many Israeli conductors, directors and singers work regularly with the Israeli Opera. Following their career at the Israeli Opera, quite a few of them were invited to appear and work at prestigious opera houses around the world. Conductors Asher Fisch, the Music Director of the Israeli Opera, Dan Ettinger and Rani Calderon, director Omri Nitzan as well as designers Buki Schiff, Roni Toren, Felice Ross and others work regularly with opera companies around the world and are highly acclaimed. Many Israeli singers appear frequently at international opera houses; Gaby Sadeh, Hadar Halevi, Sharon Rostorf-Zamir, Larissa Tetuev and Anna Skibinsky to name but a few, all made their first professional steps on the stage of the Israeli Opera, where they continue to perform regularly. Alongside them, many Israeli singers and conductors appear at the Israeli Opera both in leading and supporting roles and prove that the Israeli Opera has been blessed with highly talented artists.
 
The Future Generation

In order to cultivate the future generation of the Israeli Opera singers, the Israeli Opera has established the Opera Studio program for young artists. Many opera singers have taken part in this program since its inception. All these singers, among them Ira Bertman, Svetlana Sandler, Anastasia Klevan and others, have appeared in different Israeli Opera productions in leading and supporting roles.
 
Israeli Opera

Since its establishment the Israeli Opera has commissioned and performed several operas by Israeli creators. The operas performed at the Opera House include Josef by Josef Tal and Israel Eliraz, Alpha & Omega by Gil Shohat to a libretto by Dori Manor and Ana Herman and A Journey to the End of the Millennium by Joseph Bardanashvili and A. B. Yehoshua, which was commissioned especially for the 20th anniversary of the Israeli Opera. In addition, the opera also produced The Quest to Polyphonia by Richard Farber and Dear Son of Mine by Haim Permont and Talma Alyagon. The Israeli Opera will continue to commission new operas by Israeli composers and to perform them on its main stage and throughout Israel.

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The Opera At-A-Glance

v  The Israeli Opera bridges cultural gaps and strengthens the social fabric of Israeli society through its artistic excellence, outstanding community outreach and education efforts

v  Opera in Israel pre-dates the state of Israel, having roots going back to 1923

v  Placido Domingo spent three years with the Israeli Opera in the 1960s where he learned the basic tenor repertoire before embarking on his international career.  He is currently the Honorary Music Advisor for the Israeli Opera

v  The Israeli Opera currently has 18,000 subscribers and mounts an average of eight productions each season

v  The Israeli Opera bridges cultural gaps and strengthens the social fabric of Israeli society through its artistic excellence, outstanding community outreach and education efforts

v  Opera in Israel pre-dates the state of Israel, having roots going back to 1923

v  Placido Domingo spent three years with the Israeli Opera in the 1960s where he learned the basic tenor repertoire before embarking on his international career.  He is currently the Honorary Music Advisor for the Israeli Opera

v The Israeli Opera currently has 18,000 subscribers and mounts an average of eight productions each season

v  The productions the Israeli Opera feature leading opera artists from all over the world side by side with Israeli opera artists

v  At the Israeli Opera, even if every performance is sold out, ticket sales only cover about half of what it costs to produce what you see on stage- donations account for the difference

v  Currently, only 1% of the budget of the Israeli Opera comes from overseas

v  The Israeli Opera received the Puccini International Award in 2008, demonstrating its international reputation of excellence

 

Management
Zach Granit, General Director
 

 

General Directors
Uri Ofer 1985-1995
Hanna Munitz 1995-2016

 

Dan Ettinger , Music Director

 
Music Directors
Yoav Talmi 1995-1988
Gary Bertini 1988-2005
Asher Fisch 2005-2008
David Stern 2008-2014

Daniel Oren 2014-2017

 

 

Daniel Oren Conductor Laureate

דניאל אורן

The Council

Chairman of the Council Ron Huldai
Chairman of the Board Dan Gillerman

Chairperson of the Friends Association Aliza Jaffa

Tomer Amir
Reda Anbusi*
Zvi Avni
Shimon Bar-Zlil
Shabtai Ben-Aroyo
Yehuda Ben Asayag
Revital Ben-Asher Peretz*
Shmuel Chafets
Prof. Nili Cohen
Daphna Cohen-Mintz
Miron Drucker
Uzi Eilam
 Ahuva Feinmesser
Jacob A. Frenkel*
Michael Geiger
Orly Gerbi*
Dan Gillerman
Herzel Habas
Gideon Hamburger
The Late Uri Hanoch
Dorit Inbar
Aliza Jaffa*
Lea Judkowski
Isaak Kaul
 Ran Kedar
Joseph Kiosso
Alex Landsberg*
Prof. David Libai*
Aharon Meltzer
Mattan Meridor*
Matty Morgenstern**
Eli Mor
Leora Nir*
Prof. Itamar Rabinovich
Yonatan (Yoni) Rechter*
Prof. Amnon Rubinstein
Alex Sacharov
Tova Sagol
Ami Sagy
Rachel Samri
Joseph Sarnitzky
Sara Sela*
Niv Sever
Moshe Shachal
Gideon Shamir
Prof. Amos Shapira
Prof. Yehuda Skornick
Itzhak Swary*
Rami Ungar
Drorit Wertheim*


* A Board Member
**Chairman of the Friends Association 1991-2005 Matty Morgenstern
Chairperson of the Friends Association 2005-2012 Dafna Meitar-Nechmad
General Director of the Israeli Opera in its first decade Uri Ofer

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