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“)

Tannhäuser premiere under the musical direction of Kent Nagano in Hamburg (April 2022)

A new production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser under the musical direction of Kent Nagano will celebrate its premiere at the Hamburg State Opera this Sunday, 24 April. The production by Kornél Mundruczó with Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role will be broadcast live on NDR Kultur.

Please find more information here.

TV Tipp – Die Stimme der Vögel: Der Komponist und Ornithologe Olivier Messiaen with, among others, Kent Nagano on Monday, 25 April at 00:05 on ARTE and afterwards in the media library:

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Semperoper Dresden (April 2022)

“I can’t change much in this score because there is a strong energy and everything is so precise, for example in the dynamics,” Omer Meir Wellber says of the Puccini composition. The new production of Madama Butterfly, directed by Amon Miyamoto, will premiere at the Dresden Semperoper on 6 April 2022. Further information can be found here.

Kent Nagano conducts A Quiet Place with Opéra national de Paris (March 2022)

On 9 March 2022, Kent Nagano will conduct the premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place at the Opéra national de Paris in the Palais Garnier in a new production by Krzysztof Warlikowski. This marks Nagano’s return to the Opéra national de Paris, where he has previously conducted Wozzeck, Elektra, Dialogues des carmélites, Cardillac and Werther.

9 March Paris, Palais Garnier
Bernstein: A Quiet Place                         Premiere
Other performances: 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 24, 26, 29, 30 March
Krzysztof Warlikowski – staging

In 2018, a recording of A Quiet Place with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal conducted by Nagano was previously released on the Decca Classics label. Please find more information here.

Midori with Glanert’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in Hamburg (December 2021)

On 10 December, Midori plays the German premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Violin Concerto No. 2, dedicated to her, with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra conducted by Brad Lubman. Glanert’s Violin Concerto was written based on the thematic model of Beethoven’s letter to the “Immortal Beloved” and, like the letter itself, is arranged in three parts.

10 December                            Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Brad Lubmann
Midori – Violin
Glanert: Violin Concerto No. 2To the Immortal Beloved”

The concert will be broadcast on NDR Kultur on 10 December at 20:00 CET.

Kent Nagano celebrates his 70th birthday (November 2021)

Today conductor Kent Nagano celebrates his 70th birthday – duly celebrated by previous companions, musicians, colleagues and many others. We wish him a very happy birthday!

Here you can find a video of Deutsche Welle about Kent Nagano and his birthday:

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.


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…

Midori performs Glanert’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (November 2021)

On 5 and 6 November, Midori will perform the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Violin Concerto No. 2, “To the Immortal Beloved with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The 6 November concert from Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall will be livestreamed. Tickets and more information can be found here.

5 November, Edinburgh, Usher Hall
RSNO, Thomas Søndergård
Glanert: Violin Concerto No. 2                       world premiere

6 November, Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
RSNO, Thomas Søndergård
Glanert: Violin Concerto No. 2

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.