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Revival performance of Mefistofele in Munich
April 25, 2018

On Sunday, 29 April, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the revival performance of Boito's Mefistofele at Bavarian State Opera in Munich, with Erwin Schrott in the title role. Further performances will take place on 3 and  6 May.

This production of Mefistofele celebrated its premiere in October 2015, staged by Roland Schwab, also under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber.


Find here further information on the production.


Concert with the Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin
April 9, 2018

On Sunday, 15 April, Omer Meir Wellber will be guest at Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin with a Bernstein and Mahler program in the Konzerthaus, Berlin. Soloist will be violinist Erez Ofer. Find more information on this concert here The concert will be live broadcast at Deutschlandfunk Kultur from 20.03 (German time). Click here for the livestream: http://radioplayer.irt.de/dkultur/


Midori and Omer Meir Wellber at the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
March 26, 2018

On 25 and 26 March 2018, Midori and Omer Meir Wellber, Principal Guest Conductor of the Semperoper Dresden, will present concerts with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden:


25 and 26 March, 20.00 – Dresden, Semperoper

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Ramérez: “Misa Criolla”

Bernstein: Serenade after Plato’s Symposion

Schubert: Mass in G major, D. 167


The concert will be recorded and broadcasted on 27 March at 20.05 on MDR Kultur and MDR Klassik and afterwards be available as a stream on demand and as a loop on the MDR’s webchannel “Klassik im Konzert”.


For further information on the production click here.


Omer Meir Wellber conducts Verdi premiere at Bavarian State Opera
March 6, 2018

Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes , staged by Antú Romero Nunes and conducted by Omer Meir Wellber, will celebrate its premiere on 11 March 2018 at the Bavarian State Opera. It will be Omer Meir Wellber’s first encounter with this rarely performed opera.


For further information on the production click here.


The performance on 18 March will be streamed live on STAATSOPER.TV.


In July the opera will be part of the Munich Opera Festival.


Omer Meir Wellber is Principal Guest Conductor at Semperoper Dresden
February 22, 2018

In 2018, the Semperoper is appointing conductor Omer Meir Wellber, who made his debut in Dresden in 2010 and has subsequently been responsible for numerous outstanding productions, as its Principal Guest Conductor. This has been announced today at the press conference presenting season 2018/19.

To find the press kit of Semperoper about the new season, click here.

For the video stream of the press conference, click
here.


Read here Omer Meir Wellber's speech on the occasion of his appointment:

“It has already been a few years that I am conducting regularly at the Semperoper. I have developed a very deep and wide relationship with the house, the choir and the musicians of the Staatskapelle.

I will not go back now to talk about our mutual experience and musical adventures but I do want to say a word about the importance of a house like the Semperoper in the musical life in the world:

Tradition could be the most important thing, but only if it is breathing and auto renewing itself all the time. I find the Semperoper as the house that is and even more will be, an example house of tradition and new spirit. Only in a theatre with such big and important tradition, one can afford to open the windows and bring in some fresh air. Only a self assured tradition, can breath in and out and still stay respectful to its roots and past. I am very happy to be now officially part of this exciting adventure.


This is to me a very interesting musical question: how to create something that is new and exciting without losing touch with the heritage? How art can connect the past and the future, how music can build a bridge, an invisible bridge, between the past and the right now? In our Mozart cycle that we did in the last four years, we have developed some of these bridges, improvisations, new points of view and re-reading the so known Mozart text in a bright new way. I could have done it only in Dresden and infact I have conducted Mozart’s operas only in Dresden, as these deep and special ideas could be done only with an orchestra like the Staatskapelle and with an opera house that has such a big tradition. Our relationship developed even more through Strauss and Tchaikovsky and many symphonic concerts that I have done and will continue doing in the next seasons. Next season I am diving into the core of the house repertoire with Tanhäuser and Rosenkavalier. I find it very exciting to start this musical discussion with Christian Thielemann through the eyes of Wagner and Strauss. Next I will conduct a new production of Nabucco, an opera that was missing on this stage for years. This would be my 20th Verdi opera. I admire Verdi very much and am looking forward to finally doing some Italian repertoire in the House.

I would like to mention that a big part of my success in this house and a big part of my decision to dedicate now more time and love toward the Semperoper, has to do with the very professional teams. Wolfgang Rothe who has been a partner for the last years, Björn Peters and Ronald Adler, with whom I work very closely, all the other fantastic musical and technical departments of the house, and naturally the wonderful friends in the Soloist Ensemble, the choir and in the Staatskapelle. As always in life, sometimes it takes an outsider, someone new, to look at reality and give it a name. I met Peter Theiler last year, when he came to listen to my Tannhäuser in La Fenice, Venezia. He immediately talked to me about this possible new position in the house. He was full of ideas and original viewpoints.

I am very happy to be here, play music for this city and join you all in the art of opening windows and breathing fresh air.“


Debut concerts with the Houston Symphony Orchestra
January 23, 2018

On 25, 27 and 28 January 2018 conductor Omer Meir Wellber will give his debut concerts with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Together will violinist Simone Lamsma they will perform Britten’s violin concerto. Also on the program will be Mozart’s Ouverture of Idomeneo as well as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.


Find more information about the concerts here.


Omer Meir Wellber’s debut at SWR Symphony Orchestra
November 24, 2017

On 29 November and 1 December conductor Omer Meir Wellber will give his debut at SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart. Together they will present works by Debussy, Zimmermann and Schubert.


Omer Meir Wellber will also be present during the introduction talks on both concert nights at 19:00.


The concert on 1 December will be streamed live. Find the link to the livestream here.


And read more about the Stuttgart concerts here.


Conducting MCO Academy with Isabelle Faust
November 14, 2017

Conductor Omer Meir Wellber will give three concerts in Cologne, Dortmund and Essen from 16 – 18 November with the Academy of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Violinist Isabelle Faust will play Berg’s concerto for violin. Further, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 will be on the program.


Find more information on the MCO Academy here.


The concert dates are the following:


16 November – Cologne, Philharmonie


17 November -Dortmund, Concert House


18 November -Essen, Philharmonie


Omer Meir Wellber conducts Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
October 23, 2017

After his successful debut concert at Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, conductor Omer Meir Wellber has been invited again this season: On 28 and 29 October he will conduct concerts at Tonhalle Maag in Zürich, performing works by Haydn, Gubaidulina and Brahms.


Find more information on these concerts here.


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.


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