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.

New recording from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (October 2021)

With its record label Reference Recordings, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck announce a new recording: Brahms Symphony No. 4 and MacMillan Larghetto for Orchestra. This release coincides with the Orchestra’s 2021-2022 season and its joyful return to live concerts with full orchestra. These works were recorded live in the Heinz Hall, now celebrating its 50th anniversary season as the home of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The recording is available worldwide on 22 October.

Johannes Brahms’ Fourth Symphony is a powerful work with deep emotional lines and full sound, a complex and challenging work with its hundreds of nuances. It is very satisfying to hear together the Brahms Symphony and James MacMillan’s Larghetto for Orchestra as they are both intensely personal works that also share enormous depth in color and beauty,” said Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
The recording is accompanied by Manfred Honeck’s extensive music notes, which provide insight into his unique interpretation as well as the history and musical structure of Brahms’ final and beloved symphony.READ MORE

Manfred Honeck extends contract as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra through the 2027-2028 season (September 2021)

24 September 2021 – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Chair of the Board Tony Bucci and President and CEO Melia Tourangeau today announced the six-year extension of Manfred Honeck’s contract as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony, running through the 2027-2028 season. Honeck was named the Pittsburgh Symphony’s ninth Music Director in 2008 and his position is endowed by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment.


Kent Nagano with special program with Gidon Kremer and Martina Gedeck at the Elbphilharmonie (September 2021)

The program of the 1st Philharmonic Concert includes the Violin Concerto No. 3 by Alfred Schnittke and Schubert’s “Der Tod und das Mädchen” in the string orchestra version by Gustav Mahler. This will be accompanied by Martina Gedeck reciting texts by Matthias Claudius and Franz Schubert, among others.

Sunday, 19 September 2021 and Monday, 20 September 2021 in the Elbphilharmonie
1st Philharmonic Concert
Schnittke: Concerto No. 3 for violin and chamber orchestra
Texts by Matthias Claudius, Franz Schubert and others
Schubert: String Quartet in D minor D 810 “Death and the Maiden” Version for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler

Conductor: Kent Nagano
Violin: Gidon Kremer
Recitation: Martina Gedeck
Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra

More information can be found here.

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

Kent Nagano with the premiere of “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” (September 2021)

On 4 September, Kent Nagano will lead the Staatsorchester Hamburg, the Choir of the Staatsoper Hamburg and soloists in the premiere of Jacques Offenbach’s opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Staatsoper Hamburg. This Opéra Fantastique in five acts is staged by Daniele Finzi Pasca.

4 September, Hamburg, Staatsoper, 6 p.m.
Staatsorchester Hamburg
Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann Premiere
Daniele Finzi Pasca – director

Opéra Fantastique in five acts
Libretto by Jules Barbier
Based on the play by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Edited by Michael Kaye and Jean-Christophe Keck

Further performances: 7, 10, 16, 19, 22 and 25 September

For more information click here.