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Population Award at the United Nations for SACH
June 29, 2018

And the award goes to...

It was with great pride and pleasure that Save a Child's Heart was presented with the United Nations 2018 Population Award at the United Nations on Tuesday evening, 26 June! This is the first time in history that an Israeli organization has won this award, and as laureates SACH has joined the company of game-changing foundations and individuals, such as prime ministers and Bill and Melinda Gates.

SACH was selected by a United Nations Population Fund international committee, chaired by Ghana, which consisted of representatives from United Nations member states: Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Benin, Gambia, Haiti, Israel, Paraguay, Poland and Iran.

Click here for more information on Save a Child's Heart.

Madama Butterfly as livestream at Glyndebourne Festival
June 19, 2018

On Thursday, 21 June the opera performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with conductor Omer Meir Wellber at Glyndebourne Festival can be watched as live stream at 6.30 p.m. GMT  (7.30 p.m. CET). Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Find the link to the livestream on the festival’s website as well as at The Telegraph.

Omer Meir Wellber conducts Open Air Concert in Dresden
June 13, 2018

On Friday, 15 June, conductor Omer Meir Wellber will conduct an open air concert together with Staatskapelle Dresden at Gläserne Manufaktur of Volkswagen in Dresden. Selected works of opera repertoire will be performed. Soloist will be the tenor Piotr Beczala.

Find here further information on the concert.

Conducting the CBSO at Lucerne Festival
June 8, 2018

On 15 September 2018, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Lucerne Festival. With this concert he will give his debut at the festival, conducting works by Dvorak and Bartok. Violinist Gidon Kremer will be the soloist.

Find here further information on this concert.

Around this concert,  on 12 September, Omer Meir Wellber will be guest at the CBSO in Birmingham itself and later, on 16 September they will also play at Konzerthaus Dortmund:

12 September - Birmingham

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Bartok: Violinkonzert

Dvorak: Ouvertüre “Otello”'

Dvorak: Symphonie Nr. 9 “Aus der Neuen Welt”

Gidon Kremer – Violine

15 September - Lucerne Festival

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16. September - Dortmund, Konzerthaus   

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Guest at the Orchestre national de Lyon
May 29, 2018

On 1 and 2 June, Omer Meir Wellber will stand at the rostrum of the Orchestre national de Lyon. Together with pianist Radu Lupu they will perform Beethoven's piano concerto No. 3. Also works by Bardanashvili  and Haydn will be on the program.

Find here further information on the concerts.

Omer Meir Wellber with Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne Festival
May 17, 2018

Omer Meir Wellber will conduct Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at this year’s Glyndebourne Festival. For this he will stand at the rostrum of London Philharmonic Orchestra. The Premiere of this production by Annilese Miskimmon will be celebrated on Saturday, 19 May.

Find here further information and performance dates.

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:

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

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.