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Season start 2017/18
September 5, 2017

After Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber has conducted the Orchestre National de Lyon on 1 September in La Côte Saint-André as guest of Festival Berlioz, he is currently travelling to Israel to conduct the Raanana Symphonette on 9, 10 and 11 September as Music Director of the orchestra.


During his stay in Israel he will also visit the project Sarab in the Negev desert. Read here more about this unique project.


On 21 and 22 September Omer Meir Wellber will be guest at the Gewandhaus orchestra in Leipzig, where he will conduct works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schnittke.


Munich Opera Festival: Andrea Chenier
July 27, 2017
Omer Meir Wellber at Salonfestival in Munich
June 21, 2017
Omer Meir Wellber conducts concerts in Sao Paulo
June 13, 2017
Mozart book available now
March 20, 2017

In February 2017 Omer Meir Wellber published his first book in German language, together with German author and journalist Inge Kloepfer.


In “Fear, Risk and Love – Moments with Mozart” he lets the reader participate in his approach to Mozart’s music by sharing his experience of conducting the three Mozart/Da Ponte operas Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte. Each of those three masterpieces he attributes to one of life’s big topics: fear, risk and love.

The book will be published by the Austrian publishing house Ecowin, both as hard cover and e-book.


Please find the publisher’s announcement here.


Premiere Andrea Chenier in Munich
March 14, 2017

On Sunday, 12 March, Omer Meir Wellber conducted the premiere of Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chenier" at the Bavarian State Opera staged by Philipp Stölzl. The title role was sung by Jonas Kaufmann, Maddalena di Coigny by Anja Harteros.


Find the trailer of the Bavarian State Opera here.


Further performances are on 15, 18, 22 and 30 March and on 2 April. The performances can also be visitied during the Munich Opera Festival on 28 and 31 July 2017.


Book publication: Omer Meir Wellber about Mozart
January 19, 2017

Omer Meir Wellber will publish his first book, together with German author and journalist Inge Kloepfer. The Mozart book “Fear, Risk and Love - Moments with Mozart” will be published at Austrian publishing house Ecowin on 23 February 2017.

Find more information on the book here.


Omer Meir Wellber’s book publication is available in German language only.


Here an extract:

„An Mozart kommt man nicht vorbei. Schon gar nicht als Musiker. Lange habe ich einen Bogen um Mozarts Werke gemacht. Denn bis vor einigen Jahren hat mich seine Musik einfach nicht besonders angesprochen. Seine Harmonien, die Rhythmen, der Klang – all das schien mir bekannt, tausend Mal gespielt und gehört. Eine Herausforderung konnte Mozart einfach nicht sein. So dachte ich. Die Omnipräsenz des Komponisten langweilte mich Ich weiß: Über Mozart, das wahrscheinlich größte Genie der Musikgeschichte bis heute, darf man so nicht sprechen. Schon gar nicht als Musiker. Aber ich will an dieser Stelle nicht verhehlen, wie es war. Als ich etwas älter war, bereits Musik studierte und dirigierte, kam noch etwas anderes dazu: Mozart ist immer ein Risiko. Das liegt schon daran, dass sich unendlich viele brillante Musiker und Wissenschaftler mit ihm so intensiv beschäftigt haben. Mit jedem neuen Annäherungsversuch an den Komponisten steigt der Anspruch. Wer hat nicht alles schon Mozart gespielt, seine Opern inszeniert, ihn gedeutet? Über sein Leben ist so viel gesagt und geschrieben worden, dass sich meterweise Bibliotheksregale damit füllen lassen. Sogar die Seele des Komponisten erscheint ausgeleuchtet durch eine Hinterlassenschaft von mehr als 1000 Mozart-Briefen, die historisch akribisch aufgearbeitet sind.

Wie groß das Risiko wirklich ist, habe ich erst gemerkt, als meine Reise in Mozarts Welt begann. Das war 2012. Just in dem Jahr schlug mir die Dresdner Semperoper vor, Mozarts drei italienische Bühnenwerke, zu denen Da Ponte die Libretti schrieb, als Zyklus zu dirigieren…“


Omer Meir Wellber conducts Premiere of Tannhäuser in Venice
January 18, 2017

On Friday, 20 January Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the premiere of Wagner's Tannhäuser staged by Calixto Bieto at Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Further performances will be on 24 and 28 January as well as on 1 and 5 February 2017.


Find the trailer of the new production here.


The performance on 28 January will be streamed live on culturebox.fr and can be watched on demand 10 months after the livestream.


Livestream: Omer Meir Wellber's concert with WDR Symphony Orchestra on 6 January
January 5, 2017

Conductor Omer Meir Wellber will give his debut with the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne on 6 January. On the programm will be Schubert's symphony No. 3 as well as Shostakovitch's symphony No. 6.


The concert is streamed live on the WDR website. You can find the livestream here.


Omer Meir Wellber conducts debut concerts in Lyon and Zurich
December 15, 2016

On 16 and 17 December conductor Omer Meir Wellber will give his debut concerts with the Orchestre nationale de Lyon. Works by Wagner, Kodály and Ravel will be performed. Hilary Hahn will play Bruch's concerto for violin.


Please find here more information on the concerts. On 21 and 22 December Omer Meir Wellber will be guest at Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, where he will conduct works by Bernstein und Ramiréz at the annual Christmas Concert of the orchestra. You will find more information on the website of the Tonhalle Zurich.


Mefistofele on DVD
November 11, 2016

On 29 November 2016 Unitel will release the new DVD production of Mefistofele of the Bavarian State Opera with René Pape (titlerole) and Omer Meir Wellber on the rostrum of Bavarian State Orchestra. The new production was the first premiere in season 2015/16, staged by Roland Schwab.


You can order your copy here.


Omer Meir Wellber conducts Gubaidulina world premiere
October 31, 2016

On 30, 31 October as well as on 1 November the Israeli Omer Meir Wellber conducts at the rostrum of Staatskapelle Dresden.


On the program there is the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's »Über Liebe und Hass«, Oratorio for Soloists, choir and orchestra. Also works by Richard Strauss and Joseph Haydn will be presented.


The concert on 31 October will be broadcast live at 20:00 on MDR Kultur.


Find more information on the concerts here: http://www.staatskapelle-dresden.de/konzerte/symphoniekonzerte/1617/3sym...


Season start at Semperoper Dresden with Strauss' Salome
August 25, 2016

On 24 September Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the opening premiere of the new season at Semperoper Dresden– Richard Strauss’ Salome as a new production staged by Michael Schulz.

Find here more information on this.

Only a few weeks later the Semperoper will present the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s oratorio »Über Liebe und Hass«. For these concerts Omer Meir Wellber will stand at the rostrum of Staatskapelle Dresden. Click here to read more.


Conducting at Munich Opera Festival
July 19, 2016

Omer Meir Wellber will conduct Boito's Mefistofele on the occasion of Munich Opera festival on 21 and 24 July. René Pape and Kristine Opolais will star as main characters.


Mefistofele was the opening premiere and first new production in season 15/16 at the Bavarian State Opera.


Find more details here.


Don Giovanni Premiere at Semperoper Dresden
June 8, 2016

The Semperoper in Dresden will present its new premiere with Mozart's "Don Giovanni" on Sunday, 12 June. Omer Meir Wellber will stand at the rostrum of Staatskapelle Dresden.

It will be the third and last staging within the Mozart- / Da Ponte cycle of Semperoper.

Andreas Kriegenburg will be staging director of the production.

Please find here more information about the project.


Further performances after the premiere will be on 16, 18, 24, 29 June and on 3, 15 July.


Retrospective: Omer Meir Wellber conducting the IPO in Dresden
June 7, 2016

Omer Meir Wellber and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra have experienced a very successful and special residency during the Dresdner Musikfestspiele:


On 18, 19 and 21 May the orchestra gave three unique concerts in historical places in Dresden:

On 18 May they played together with David Garrett Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, celebrated furthermore the World Premiere of Michael Wolpe's "The return of the Jackals" and played Shostakovitch's Symphony No. 6. The concert took place in historical Frauenkirche. On 19 May Omer Meir Wellber played, together with members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and his friend and mandolinist Jacob Reuven, a chamber concert with Jewish-Arabic folk music. The "Kleine Schlosshof" was chosen as venue of this concert. And finally, on 21 May he conducted the large performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in the Kreuzkirche of Dresden: together with the IPO, five choirs and eight soloists, a monumental and unique event.



Find here some press impressions of this concert in Italian and Hebrew:


L'ape musicale from 27 May 2016


Habama from 26 May 2016


Residency Concerts with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
April 13, 2016

Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the renowned Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in May 2016 on the occasion of Dresdner Musikfestspiele: three nights at three different venues. Omer Meir Wellber is trusted with this residency by the orchestra and its Music Director for life Zubin Mehta.


On 18 May the contemporary work „The Return of the Jackals“ by Michael Wolpe will celebrate its World Premiere as symphony orchestra version in the famous Frauenkirche. The composer himself will be present. Schostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 and Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto performed by David Garrett complete this program. On 19 May chambermusic sounds can be heard in „Kleiner Schlosshof“: Omer Meir Wellber and members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Mozart‘s piano concerto KV 414 in a quintet version in addition to Jewish-Arabic folklore. On 21 May Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 will be performed in the church Kreuzkirche.

The residency of the orchestra and the visit of Omer Meir Wellber & Michael Wolpe symbolizes an important intercultural exchange between German and Israeli music culture.


All concerts at a glance:


18 May  Dresden, Frauenkirche

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky: Violin concerto

Wolpe: Return of the Jackals

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6

David Garrett – Violin


19 May  Dresden, Kleiner Schlosshof

Members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Omer Meir Wellber – Piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto KV 414  - Quintet version  (cadenzas improvised in Style of Jewish folkmusic;

Folklore of Jewish – Arabic communities

  


21 May  Dresden, Kreuzkirche 

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahler: Symphony No. 8


Omer Meir Wellber conducts Tribute Concert "500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto" in Venice
March 29, 2016

On 29 March Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the Orchestra del Teatro della Fenice: Mahler's 1 symphony "Titan" will be on the program. The concert takes place on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice.


Read more about the concert here.


World Premiere in Venice
March 3, 2016

On 4 and 5 March Omer Meir Wellber will be conducting new concerts with the Orchestra del Teatro della Fenice. Among others they will perform the world premiere of Italian composer Zeno Baldi's "Lo sciame all'interno".

Alessandro Marchetti will play Mozart's piano concerto No 23, KV 488.


Find more information about the concerts here.


Conducting Royal Flemish Orchestra in Antwerpen
February 22, 2016

Omer Meir Wellber will be conducting the Royal Flemish Orchestra in Antwerpen this week on Saturday, 27 February: On the programm will be Haydn's Symphony No. 44, Strauss' Serenade op. 7 and Brahms Symphony No. 2.


Please find more details here.


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