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.
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.