Omer Meir Wellber has established himself as one of today’s leading conductors of operatic and orchestral repertoire alike. Since September 2018 he holds his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor at the Semperoper Dresden, since July 2019 he is Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic and he will take up the position of Music Director of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo in January 2020.
He has directed some of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, RAI Torino, SWR Symphonieorchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.
In the 2019/20 season, Omer Meir Wellber is going to perform with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Anwerpen, with the Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic as well as at the Dresden Music Festival on tour with the BBC Philharmonic.
The 2019/20 season for Omer Meir Wellber in Dresden will include the premiere of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in a new production by Calixto Bieto. In January 2020, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct his debut as Music Director at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo with the New Year’s Concert. As part of Beethoven’s anniversary year, he is leading a project with a Beethoven reflection for actor and orchestra commissioned by the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Teatro Massimo Palermo and the BBC Philharmonic Manchester. The new production of Wagner’s Parsifal at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo celebrates its premiere at the end of January 2020.
In July 2019 he gave his debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra with two concerts and works by Mozart, Haydn and Ben-Haim at the BBC Proms. As Principal Guest Conductor of the Semperoper Dresden, he conducted the new production of Verdi’s Nabucco there in May 2019 as well as the revivals of Don Giovanni, Tannhäuser and Der Rosenkavalier and symphony concerts with the Staatskapelle Dresden.
In October 2018 Omer Meir Wellber made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with performances of Bizet’s Carmen. In summer 2018 he conducted the festival premiere of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Glyndebourne Festival, where he made his debut in 2014 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the production of Eugene Onegin. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly was released on BlueRay by Opus Arte.
In November 2016 he conducted the Staatskapelle Dresden in the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s oratorio About Love and Hate. He led the premiere of Andrea Chenier by Giordano in March 2017 at the Bavarian State Opera, where he previously opened a new production of Mefistofele in 2015. His 2017 opera engagements at the Semperoper included multiple performances of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas Cosi fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, and Don Giovanni as part of the Mozart-Tage 2017. January 2017 saw Omer Meir Wellber enter the pit of Teatro La Fenice in Venice for Wagner’s Tannhäuser. He has also led symphonic performances at the Italian house, including a 2016 concert featuring violinist Midori as part of a European multi-city tour.
Omer Meir Wellber served as the Music Director at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia from 2010 to 2014, leading both orchestral and operatic performances, such as Eugene Onegin, which was published on DVD by C Major. He conducted Verdi’s operatic masterpiece trifecta – Rigoletto, La Traviata and Il Trovatore – at the Vienna Festival in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively. In 2011, he made his debut at the Bavarian State Opera with La Traviata, and 2010 saw him begin his relationship with the Semperoper, where he has since conducted Strauss’ Daphne, Ariadne auf Naxos and a concert performance of Guntram, among works by other composers. His highly-praised direction of Aida at the Arena di Verona was recorded and released on DVD by BelAir classiques in 2014.
From 2008 to 2010, Omer Meir Wellber assisted Daniel Barenboim at both the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, whose ensemble he led in a critically-hailed performance of Verdi’s Aida at the Israeli Opera. In 2010, he also stepped in for Seiji Ozawa, conducting Strauss’ Salome at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto.
Omer Meir Wellber will publish his first novel “Die vier Ohnmachten des Chaim Birkner” at BerlinVerlag on 14 October 2019. It will be the conductor’s literary debut. The book tells the story of Chaim Birkner, a tired and desperate man who is forced by his daughter to face life at least once.
In spring 2017 “Die Angst, das Risiko und die Liebe – Momente mit Mozart” was published. Co-written with German author and journalist Inge Kloepfer, the book shares his personal understanding of the universal emotions presented in the three Mozart/Da Ponte operas – Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.
Despite Omer Meir Wellber’s demanding schedule of global engagements, he maintains a deeply-rooted commitment to performing ensembles in his native country Israel. He has been a regular guest conductor for over ten years at the Israeli Opera, where he has led performances of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, Puccini’s Turandot and Madama Butterfly, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Gounod’s Faust and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, among others. In 2007, he debuted with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2016, he led the ensemble during its residency at the Dresdner Music Festival.
In Israel, Omer Meir Wellber aims to bring music as a powerful tool for social change. Since 2009, he has been the Music Director of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, which is particularly committed to music educational activities, reaching more than approx. 70.000 children each year. The conductor also is a Good Will Ambassador for Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli-based non-profit organization that provides critical cardiac medical support. In addition, Omer Meir Wellber collaborates with various institutions through outreach programs and fosters the next generation of conducting students through educational lectures.
Born in Be’er Sheva in 1981, Omer Meir Wellber began studying accordion and piano at the age of five. He took composition lessons with Tania Taler starting at the age of nine, then continuing under Michael Wolpe until 2004. He graduated from the Be’er Sheva Conservatory in 1999 and received a music scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, which he used to study Conducting and Composition at the Jerusalem Music Academy from 2000-2008 with Eugene Zirlin and Mendi Rodan. Omer Meir Wellber’s compositions have been performed and broadcast both in Israel and internationally.
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