Omer Meir Wellber with George Bizet’s Carmen at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (September 2021)

At the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Omer Meir Wellber conducts a production of George Bizet’s opera Carmen today. The production staged by Calixto Bieito will be live streamed on Teatro Massimo TV. It was already performed in 2011 as a co-production of the Teatro Massimo and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatro Regio in Turin as well as the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and has been performed in various renowned European opera houses since then.READ MORE

Omer Meir Wellber at the Santa Maria dello Spasimo (September 2021)

Omer Meir Wellber will present a special program on 6 September at 9:30 pm in the unfinished church of Santa Maria dello Spasimo, as part of the summer of Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Together with Ruggiero Mascellino (accordion and composer) and Vito Giordano (flugelhorn), Omer Meir Wellber himself on the piano and accordion will perform works by Mascellino, Grieg, Piazzolla, Kusturica, Giordano and Shalaev.

The concert at a glance:

6. September, Palermo, Santa Maria dello Spasimo
Mascellino: Atlantis, Pensieri
Grieg: Danza di Anitra
Piazzolla: Invierno Porteño, Verano Porteño
Mascellino: Rêve
Kusturica: Folklore Suite, songs from the Balkans, Valzers
Giordano: September Again, New Things of Love
Shalaev: Melody of the Volga
Mascellino: Arabian Jazz
Omer Meir Wellber – piano / accordion
Ruggiero Mascellino – accordion
Vito Giordano – flugelhorn

For more information about the concert, click here.


Omer Meir Wellber at Teatro Massimo in Palermo and at the Bregenz Festival (July 2021)l

As part of the 2021 summer season, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the ballet Giselle with music by Adolphe Adam at the Teatro di Verdura on 29 and 30 July. The performance is a tribute to Italian dancer Carla Fracci, who was best known for her interpretations of romantic ballets, including the title role in Giselle.

Under the direction of Davide Bombana, the Teatro Massimo Ballet Company will perform Patrice Bart’s choreography, which is based on the historic choreography of the 1841 premiere by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrit. Please find more information here.

29 July, 30 Teatro di Verdura

Ballet and Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo
Conductor – Omer Meir Wellber
Ballet director – Davide Bombana

Giselle – Nicoletta Manni
Albrecht – Timofey Andriyashenko
Myrtha – Maria Chiara Grisafi
Hilarion – Vincenzo Carpino
Berthe, the mother of Giselle – Giada Scimemi
Wilfred, Albrecht’s friend – Fabio Correnti
Bathilde, Albrecht’s fiancée – Carmen Marcuccio
Duke of Courland – Gaetano La Mantia
Farmers Linda Messina and Michele Morelli (29) / Yuriko Nishihara and Alessandro Cascioli (30)

On 8 August, Omer Meir Wellber will make his Bregenz Festival debut at the Festspielhaus. The concert programme includes Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question, Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6 in A major, and Richard Strauss’ Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra with the Wiener Symphoniker and oboist Ramón Ortega Quero. Please find more information here.

8 August Bregenz                                    Bregenz Festival
Ives: The Unanswered Question
Strauss: Konzert für Oboe und Orchester
Bruckner: Symphonie Nr. 6 A-Dur

Wiener Symphoniker
Omer Meir Wellber
Ramón Ortega Quero – Oboe

Omer Meir Wellber at the Teatro di Verdura (July 2021)

On Sunday, 9 July Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the Orchestra di Teatro Massimo at Teatro di Verdura in Palermo. With pianist Daniel Ciobanu, mezzosoprano Natalia Gavrilan and the choir of the Teatro Massimo, the program will include works by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

Sunday, 4 July 2021 at 09:15 pm CET at Teatro di Verdura
Teatro Massimo Chorus and Orchestra

Conductor Omer Meir Wellber
Piano Daniel Ciobanu
Mezzosoprano Natalia Gavrilan
Chorus Master Ciro Visco

Rachmaninov: Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2 in C minor op. 18
Prokofiev: Aleksandr Nevskij, Cantata for mezzosoprano, chorus and orchestra with videoprojection of Ejzenštejn’s movie

Please find more information here, tickets can be bought here.

Omer Meir Wellber at the NDR Talkshow (May 2021)

On 28 May at 10:00 p.m. German time, Omer Meir Wellber will be a guest on the NDR Talk Show.

Moderated by Barbara Schöneberger and Hubertus Meyer-Burckhardt, the guests will include actress Maria Furtwängler, comedian Bastian Pastewka, author Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen, singer Gil Ofarim, historian Sophie von Bechtolsheim and SPD candidate for chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The NDR Talk Show can be watched on NDR television and online here.

Omer Meir Wellber in Vienna with audience (May 2021)

After a long time, Austria again opens its houses to the public and Omer Meir Wellber gives the first concert after a long time with the Wiener Symphoniker and Julian Rachlin. The program includes Prokofiev‘s Concerto for violin and orchestra No.2 in g-minor and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor. The concert will be played a total of three times.READ MORE

The Music Room: Discovering Ben Haim with Omer Meir Wellber (April 2021)

The Music Room continues!

After exploring Beethoven with The Music Room: Reflecting Beethoven (2020), now follows The Music Room: Discovering Ben-Haim. On four dates, the Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim will be discussed by Omer Meir Wellber and different guests from various points of view.

The episodes can be viewed via the BBC Philharmonic website, or on Twitter and Facebook. An IGTV video on Instagram will follow the next day.READ MORE

Omer Meir Wellber receives the special prize of the Associazione Nazionale Critici Musicali (April 2021)

Omer Meir Wellber, music director of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, receives the special prize of the Associazione Nazionale Critici Musicali.

The jury’s reasons: “[…] after months of silence, homages to Beethoven and a surprise evening of jazz, shone in the empty church of the Spasimo, where the versatile fantasist Wellber played accordion and piano. It is the confirmation of the new profile, in the role of chief conductor and musical director, that we can no longer do without”


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Omer Meir Wellber with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (April 2021)

Omer Meir Wellber returns to Stockholm for a livestream concert with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The concert on 16 April  at 7 p.m., which will be streamed live as concert video on Berwaldhallen Play and played on Swedish Radio P2, will feature Ella Milch-Sheriff’s Contrapunctus XIV from Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge, Avner Dorman’s Mandolin Concerto with Jacob Reuven on mandolin, Aziza Sadikova’s Mirroring contrapunctus. Contrapunctus no. 12 and Sven David Sanström’s The hidden treasure: Contrapunktus 8 from Die Kunst der Fuge on the program, as well as Robert Schumann’s 4th Symphony in D minor.READ MORE