New CD release – Omer Meir Wellber, Jacob Reuven, Sinfonietta Leipzig (May 2022)

With the CD release The Mandolin Seasons, Omer Meir Wellber and mandolinist Jacob Reuven fulfill a long-held wish.

Jacob Reuven and Omer Meir Wellber grew up together in the Israeli desert city of Be’er Sheva – Reuven with Iraqi Jewish roots and Wellber coming from a western Jewish community. United since childhood by an irrepressible joie de vivre, they have a shared passion for music and, more specifically, for the instruments of their homeland, learned as schoolboys: mandolin and accordion… (more in the booklet)

And it is with these instruments that the two musicians together with the Sinfonietta Leipzig (musicians of the Gewandhausorchester) completely rediscover the seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla in The Mandolin Seasons.

With Omer Meir Wellber in the role of conductor and continuo player on harpsichord and accordion – meaning he is improvising in both “Seasons” – and Jacob Reuven’s desire to reshape the works for mandolin, both explore and create a new exotic sound world with it.

The recording will be released by Hyperion on 6 May.

Jacob Reuven– mandolin Omer Meir Wellber – accordion, harpsichord, conductor Sinfonietta Leipzig Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in F minor “Winter” RV297 Piazzolla: Invierno porteño (No. 2, “Winter for the people of Buenos Aires” from Las cuatro estaciones porteñas) Vivaldi: Violin concerto in E major “Spring” RV269 Piazzolla: Primavera porteña (No. 3, “Springtime for the people of Buenos Aires“) Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in G minor “Summer” RV315 Piazzolla: Verano porteño (No. 4, “Summer for the people of Buenos Aires“) Vivaldi: Violin concerto in F major “Autumn” RV293 Piazzolla: Otoño porteño (No. 1, “Autumn for the people of Buenos Aires“)

Stiftung Semperoper awards the “Rudi Häussler Prize” to Omer Meir Wellber (April 2022)

On 15 April, Omer Meir Wellber will be awarded the Rudi Häussler Prize in the course of the performance of Don Giovanni. Omer Meir Wellber was already awarded the prize in 2020, but due to the pandemic the award ceremony could not take place until this year.

With this prize, the Stiftung Semperoper honours artistic personalities who have contributed to the reputation of the Semperoper Dresden. The main aim is to promote artists with “extraordinary ambitions and talents” and Omer Meir Wellber “manages like no other to turn conducting into special experiences for the audience”, according to the founder of the foundation, Senator h. c. Rudi Häussler.

Please find more information here.

Omer Meir Wellber with the BBC Philharmonic (February 2022)

The BBC celebrates its centenary in 2022 and Omer Meir Wellber will join the BBC Philharmonic and pianist Giulia Contaldo for this weekend’s festivities. More information about the concert can be found here.

 

12 February Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
BBC Philharmonic

Hindemith: Kammermusik 1
Sadikova: Marionettes
Schumann: Klavierkonzert
Tippett: Ritual Dances
Giulia Contaldo – piano

Omer Meir Wellber (January 2022)

In two days, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the new production of Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes, staged by Emma Dante, at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo which will be streamed live on ARTE Concert on 20 January at 7 p.m. CET.

Omer Meir Wellber started the new year 2022 with a special concert at the Teatro Massimo with Erwin Schrott and the Teatro’s chorus and orchestra. He performed some pieces with an accordion built especially for him by the renowned Italian company Pigini.

He will return to Dresden at the Semperoper in March and April with revivals of Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte and Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as a new production of Madama Butterfly (Amon Miyamoto, staging).

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Concerts with Omer Meir Wellber and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg and Lübeck (December 2021)

Omer Meir Wellber presents a special program in Hamburg and Lübeck together with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Ella Milch Sheriff’s monodrama Der ewige Fremde was premiered in February 2020 at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig with the same protagonists as here in Hamburg and Lübeck. You can find more information about the work here.

The concert will be broadcast live 19 December at 11 a.m. on NDR Kultur.

16, 19 December           Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
Britten: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 15
Milch-Scheriff: Der ewige Fremde
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 B flat major Op. 60
Augustin Hadelich – violin, Eli Danker – speaker

17 December        Lübeck, Music and Congress Hall

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
Britten: Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 15
Milch-Scheriff: Der ewige Fremde
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 B flat major Op. 60
Augustin Hadelich – violin, Eli Danker – speaker

Omer Meir Wellber with the Orchestre National de France in Paris (December 2021)

On 9 December, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct a guest performance with the Orchestre National de France in Paris. The program includes Schubert’s Symphony No. 3, Dutilleux’s Correspondances for soprano and orchestra with soprano Camilla Tilling, and Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 4 with Stephen Hough at the piano. Please find more information here.

9 December Paris, Auditorium Radio France
Orchestre National de France
Dutilleux: Correspondances for soprano and orchestra
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 4
Schubert: Symphony No. 3
Camilla Tilling – soprano
Stephen Hough – piano

This concert will be broadcast live on France Musique.

Omer Meir Wellber at the Wiener Staatsoper (November 2021)

Currently, Omer Meir Wellber is at the Wiener Staatsoper conducting Bizet’s Carmen in a production by Calixto Bieito. For more information on the cast and upcoming dates on 13, 16, 19 November, please click here.

Here you can find a conversation in German with Omer Meir Wellber about his current projects but also his musical career.

DIE KUNST DER GRENZENLOSIGKEIT

Über sein Arbeitspensum staunt man immer wieder: Omer Meir Wellber ist Chefdirigent des BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Musikdirektor des Teatro Massimo in Palermo, erster Gastdirigent an der Semperoper in Dresden, daneben absolviert er Dirigate an wichtigen Häusern wie der Metropolitan Opera in New York, dem Fenice in Venedig, der Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, in München, Berlin, Mailand. Ab der kommenden Spielzeit tritt er darüber hinaus als Musikdirektor der Volksoper Wien an. Zusätzlich schreibt er Bücher, engagiert sich in Vermittlungs- und Sozialprojekten und lernt Sprachen. Und findet Zeit für Interviews, wie mit Oliver Láng, der mit dem 1981 in der Wüstenstadt Be’er Sheva geborenen Dirigenten über sein arbeitsintensives Leben, seine Beziehung zu Carmen und über Grenzen im Leben sprach…

Teatro Massimo presents new season with Omer Meir Wellber (October 2021)

On 20 January 2022, the new season of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo will officially begin – Omer Meir Wellber will conduct Giuseppe Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes in a production by Palermo-born director Emma Dante. More information about the production can be found here.

The 2022 season of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo is entirely dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the crimes of the Mafia in the city. The full opera, ballet and concert program for 2022 celebrates the reopening of the theater, now as then, with a program that alternates the great protagonists of the international classical music scene at Piazza Verdi and Teatro di Verdura. More information can be found here.