Omer Meir Wellber with Verdi’s “Ernani” at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (February 2021)

On February 26, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the Teatro Massimo’s production of Verdi’s four-part opera “Ernani” in Palermo. The semi-staged production will be broadcast live on Teatro WebTV. For more information, click here.

February 26, Verdi: Ernani
Omer Meir Wellber
Orchestra dell Teatro Massimo
Coro dell Teatro Massimo

Mise en espace Ludovico Rajata
Costume Designs and Visual Project Francesco Zito
Visual Project Andrea Fiduccia
Digital Animation Fabiola Nicoletti
Lighting Designs Giuseppe Di Iorio
Chorus Master Ciro Visco

Omer Meir Wellber, the Teatro Massimo and Palermo in the FAZ (February 2021)

“Unlike many theaters and opera houses in Europe, however, the “Massimo” cannot be kept quiet. “Il crepuscolo dei sogni” – “Traumdämmerung” is what German opera director Johannes Erath and Massimo’s music director Omer Meir Wellber called their concert, which they simply added to their program. In an interview, Erath calls it a symphonic condensation of states in order to give the music a voice that was taken from it by Corona. The longing for music, for consolation is enormous, the premiere the next day will be followed by 30,000 people in the live stream, never before has the Massimo reached so many people.”

Omer Meir Wellber and his work in Palermo with the Teatro Massimo are having an impact throughout the city. Thilo Komma-Pöllath spoke with the conductor and experienced the city. The entire article can now be read here in the Frankfurter Allgemeine.


Omer Meir Wellber on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January (January 2021)

Teatro Massimo, in collaboration with the University of Palermo, commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January with a special program featuring the Teatro Massimo Orchestra, Choir and Soloists, as well as Eli Danker and works by Arnold Schoenberg and Sergei Prokofiev, as well as the Jewish prayer Eli Ata veodeka. This will be followed by the performance of Destinatario sconosciuto, a play by Rosario Tedesco, based on the novel Address unknown by Katherine Kressmann-Taylor and accompanied by the children’s choir of Teatro Massimo. Available from 27 January on Teatro Massimo TV.

Book launch with Omer Meir Wellber at Sellerio Editore – “Die vier Ohnmachten des Chaim Birkner” (January 2021).

On January 25 at 6:30 p.m., Omer Meir Wellber will present the Italian translation of his novel “Die vier Ohnmachten des Chaim Birkner” (The Four Faints of Chaim Birkner) in a live conversation on YouTube.

“Storia vera e non vera di Chaim Birkner” will be published on January 21 by the Italian publisher Sellerio Editore Palermo.

More information can be found here and the live conversation will be presented here.

Omer Meir Wellber at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo – livestream (January 2020)

On 26 January, Teatro Massimo opens the 2021 season with a special production with Omer Meir Wellber and Johannes Erath.

With “Il crepuscolo dei sogni,” Wellber and Erath trace a dreamlike path between light and shadow, from Strauss’s “Traum durch die Dämmerung” to Schubert’s “Winterreise,” from the shadows of “Verleumdung” in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and the ascent in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. In between, the gaze continually wanders from Italian to German and Russian opera, from the Baroque with Purcell and Monteverdi to the twentieth century with Bernstein and Korngold.

More information can be found here.READ MORE

Omer Meir Wellber to be new Music Director at Volksoper Wien from September 2022 (December 2020)

As of the start of Lotte de Beer’s period as Director, Omer Meir Wellber is to be Music Director at Volksoper Wien from 1 September 2022. In addition to directing new productions and repertoire performances, for five seasons he will be chiefly responsible for the musical life of the Volksoper and for the development of the ensemble, the orchestra and the chorus. From as early as spring 2021 he will be involved in the preparations for the new directorship.READ MORE

Omer Meir Wellber’s livestream concerts (November 2020)

Omer Meir Wellber will conduct livestream concerts with the orchestra of the Teatro Massimo Palermo on November 14 and 19.

The program on November 14 will include Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande, suite op. 80 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B flat minor. The livestream concert on November 19 will feature Haydn’s Symphony No. 45 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major.

Both concerts start at 7 pm and can be viewed on Teatro Massimo TV and YouTube.


Omer Meir Wellber conducts the premiere of “Die Zauberflöte” (October 2020)

Omer Meir Wellber will lead the premiere of the new production of “Die Zauberflöte” on November 1, 2020. This grand opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was newly staged by Josef E. Köpplinger.

Beforehand Omer Meir Wellber spoke with the dramaturg Johann Casimir Eule, the interview can be found here.

“Die Zauberflöte” overview:

November 1, 2020, 18.00    Dresden, Semperoper
Staatskapelle Dresden
Mozart: Zauberflöte              Premiere

More information can be found here.