The Israeli Opera is one of the focal points of Israeli culture - a youthful, vibrant international company committed to presenting opera as a dramatic theatrical art form. Israeli Opera casts feature, young alongside established international and Israeli opera singers, supported by world-class production teams. The result: audience experience opera at its best.
All Israeli Opera productions are sung in the original language, accompanied by Hebrew and English subtitles and presented at the state of the art 1,500 seat Opera House in Tel Aviv, opened in 1994. Constantly expanding its audience base, the Israeli Opera today enjoys the support of over 18,000 subscribers and mounts an average of eight productions each season as well as community productions and outdoor opera productions.
The Festive 2008/2009 Season
Beloved operas such as “La Boheme” (directed by Franco Zeffirelli) and “Tosca” (conducted by Daniel Oren) by Puccini and “Carmen” by Bizet (with Rinat Shaham and Neil Shicoff) form the major core of the current Israeli Opera season, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the city of Tel Aviv.
The season also features the first ever performances in Israel of two masterpieces: “Mefistofele” by Boito (with a stellar cast headed by Michele Crider, Paata Burchuladze and Antonello Palombi) and “The Cunning Little Vixen” by Janacek. The highlight of the season will be an open air performance of the Verdi Requiem performed in Ganei Yehoshua by the orchestra, chorus and soloists of La Scala from Milan conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
The Israeli Opera also presents international dance and jazz series at its home, the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, as well as classical music series featuring leading local and international musicians in a wide repertoire. And there are also special year round performances for children.
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