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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, which will be online shortly, click here.


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.


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.


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