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Omer Meir Wellber was born in Be’er Sheva in 1981, and has now emerged on the international scene as one of Israel’s most outstanding young conductors. From 2010 - 2014, he held the position of Music Director at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia in succession to Lorin Maazel. He is a regular guest conductor at the Israeli Opera and has been, since 2009, the Music Director of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, founded in 1991 to help aid the integration of Jewish immigrants in Israel.   In the 2013-14 season, Wellber appeared as a guest conductor with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted a series of five symphonic concerts with the orchestra of the Valencia Opera including performances of Mahler Symphony No. 9. At the Semperoper Dresden Wellber conducts Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Guntram and opens a Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy with Così fan tutte, staged by Andreas Kriegenburg. In May 2014, he makes his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival conducting Eugene Onegin.   Forthcoming debuts next season include the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and his US subscription debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He will also be conducting

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Omer Meir Wellber was born in Be’er Sheva in 1981, and has now emerged on the international scene as one of Israel’s most outstanding young conductors. From 2010 - 2014, he held the position of Music Director at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia in succession to Lorin Maazel. He is a regular guest conductor at the Israeli Opera and has been, since 2009, the Music Director of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, founded in 1991 to help aid the integration of Jewish immigrants in Israel.

 

In the 2013-14 season, Wellber appeared as a guest conductor with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted a series of five symphonic concerts with the orchestra of the Valencia Opera including performances of Mahler Symphony No. 9. At the Semperoper Dresden Wellber conducts Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Guntram and opens a Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy with Così fan tutte, staged by Andreas Kriegenburg. In May 2014, he makes his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival conducting Eugene Onegin.

 

Forthcoming debuts next season include the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and his US subscription debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He will also be conducting a brand new production of Boito’s Mefistofele with the Munich State Opera.



Wellber began his musical training at the age of five on the accordion and piano. As he was also interested in composition, he took lessons from Tania Taler from the age of nine. After that he was taught by Michael Wolpe until 2004. He graduated from the Be’er Sheva conservatoire as early as 1999. Since then his works have been performed both in Israel and abroad, and broadcast on the radio. After graduating, Wellber took advantage of a scholarship from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation to continue his studies from 2000 to 2008 under Eugene Zirlin at the Jerusalem Music Academy and in the Mendi Rodan Programme.

 

Since 2005 Wellber has regularly appeared at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, where he has conducted, among other works, Verdi’s La Traviata, La Forza del Destino, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto and Un Ballo in Maschera, Puccini’s Turandot and Madama Butterfly, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and The Magic Flute, Boito’s Mefistofele, Gounod’s Faust and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. In February 2007, Wellber conducted a gala concert in Beijing with the city’s Philharmonic Orchestra. Shortly after that he made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. This was followed in October 2008 by Verdi’s Aida at the Teatro Verdi in Padua, for which he was voted one of the new discoveries of the year by the Italian magazine Classic Voice.

 

Between 2008 and 2010 he assisted Daniel Barenboim at the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden and at La Scala in Milan. To great public and critical acclaim he conducted Aida when La Scala performed at the Israeli Opera. This was followed by Bizet’s Carmen at the Staatsoper Berlin, his first concert at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, a concert at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Strauss’s Salome as stand-in for Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, a new production of Strauss’ Daphne received with great acclaim at the Semperoper in Dresden, Puccini’s Tosca at the Berliner Staatsoper, and symphony concerts in Verona and at La Fenice in Venice.

 

At the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Wellber conducted Aida, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Tosca, two works by de Falla, La vida breve and El amor brujo, Rigoletto, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and I due Foscari with Plácido Domingo. By the Vienna Festival he was entrusted with the direction of Verdi’s trilogia popolare in a three-year project, conducting Rigoletto (2011), La Traviata (2012) and Il Trovatore (2013). Furthermore, he conducted Tosca and Aida at La Scala, Tosca at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, La Traviata at the Berliner Staatsoper, Carmen and L’Elisir d’Amore in Venice, La Traviata at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Verdi’s Macbeth in Verona, Otello in Tel Aviv and numerous symphony concerts with the Orchestre de Paris, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover, and the hr-Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt. In June 2013, he conducted the jubilee performance of Aida with La Fura dels Baus in the Arena di Verona to great acclaim.

 

Omer Meir Wellber can be heard on CD in the aria programme Gioia! with Aleksandra Kurzak (Decca). The opera productions of Aida from the Arena di Verona (BelAir classiques) and Eugene Onegin in Valencia (C Major) have been published on DVD.

 

Omer Meir Wellber commits himself to educational work with young musicians and has become a Good Will Ambassador for the non-profit organization Save a child’s heart in 2013. The Israeli-based international organization provides lifesaving cardiac surgery and treatment for children from developing countries and a training program for doctors and nurses from these countries.

 

Season 2014/2015


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"Few stagings in my experience have pierced this inner world as vividly as Graham Vick’s 1994 Glyndebourne version, and at this latest revival it does so with greater wisdom and power than ever. It starts with one huge advantage – the conducting of UK debutant Omer Meir Wellber, who exposes the core of Tchaikovsky’s emotional outpourings with a reading that combines intense lyricism and, in the dance scenes, virtuosic vitality. The London Philharmonic’s double basses have never sounded so rich and deep. Add an immaculate chorus and you have the foundation of an exceptional performance."

Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 19 May 2014

"The chorus is just magnificent too, and the London Philharmonic, seemingly energised […], played immaculately under the acutely sensitive baton of Omer Meir Wellber. Altogether a lovely treat. "

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 19 May 2014

"Making his UK debut in the pit, Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber draws enthusiastic playing from the London Philharmonic in a beautifully fluent account of the score."

George Hall, The Guardian, 20 May 2014

"It’s fascinating to observe what Omer Meir Wellber interprets and takes from the score and subsequently transforms into sound. The musicians follow him, they accept this young maestro and together they have drawn fantastic results from this difficult oeuvre. Omer Meir Wellber lead the musicians carefully through all obstacles in the score and created a sound so colourful and nuanced that one sometimes forgets to breathe due to the excitement […].” "

Semperoper Dresden, Strauss "Guntram", Andreas H. Hölscher, Opernnetz.de, 25 February 2014

"The Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden […] was lead with passionate enthusiasm by young Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber"

Semperoper Dresden, Strauss "Guntram", Udo Pacolt, Der Neue Merker, 2 March 2014

"Omer Meir Wellber’s conducting is vivid and encouraging, the musicians reacted immediately to his every movement, so that the sound seemed to reverberate around the opera house with the power of an explosion. But the opposite was also achieved. The start of the prelude displayed a very sensitive, subtle, and delicate texture. Omer Meir Wellber’s interpretation complemented the whole character of the piece"

Semperoper Dresden, Strauss "Guntram", Boris Gruhl, Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, 25 February 2014

"With Omer Meir Wellber at the podium, the Staatskapelle achieved a dynamic high with brilliant highlights"

Semperoper Dresden, Strauss "Guntram", Jörg Schneider, Dresdner Morgenpost, 25 February 2014

"The young Israeli conductor fulfilled the highest expectations. It is a rare treat to hear and watch a conductor who, at only 29 years, shows the maturity and security Mr. Wellber shows. His direction was a model of power, authority, and Verdian feeling."

José Mª Irurzun, Seen and Heard