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Omer Meir Wellber was entrusted by the Vienna Festival with the direction of Verdi’s “big three” in a three-year project, conducting Rigoletto (2011), La Traviata (2012) and Il Trovatore (2013) at the Theater an der Wien, a world-renowned center for cutting-edge artistic performance.

Wellber’s conducting of the Rigoletto production was widely appraised by critics, including a review in Kurier on 30 May 2011, which referred to Wellber’s “convincing but not surprising performance”, in which the “young rising star from Israel overwhelmed the audience from the podium of the RSO Vienna” with a “juicy interpretation of Verdi in contrast to the sparse stage sets”.

In an interview with Susanna Dal Monte in the Kulturjournal on 27 May 2011, Wellber talked about his experience of conducting at the Theater an der Wien: “The theater is perfect, as it is not too big but big enough so that the sound unfolds beautifully. It…affords the space for a broad range of dynamic possibilities, which creates a very interesting acoustic experience.”