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Omer Meir Wellber was born in Be’er Sheva, Israel in 1981, and has now emerged on the international scene as a conductor of outstanding ability. In recent seasons he has made highly successful debuts with a number of orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Camerata Salzburg, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and he continues his consistently high-level work on the opera podium at the Semperoper Dresden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Teatro La Fenice, Venice. From 2010 to 2014, he held the position of Music Director at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia and since 2009, he has been the Music Director of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, founded in 1991 to help aid the integration of Jewish immigrants in Israel.   Wellber began his musical training at the age of five on the accordion and piano. Also interested in composition, he took lessons from Tania Taler from the age of nine and was then taught by Michael Wolpe until 2004. He graduated from the Be’er Sheva conservatoire in 1999. Wellber’s compositions have been performed both in Israel and abroad and broadcast on the radio. After graduating,

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Omer Meir Wellber was born in Be’er Sheva, Israel in 1981, and has now emerged on the international scene as a conductor of outstanding ability. In recent seasons he has made highly successful debuts with a number of orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Camerata Salzburg, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and he continues his consistently high-level work on the opera podium at the Semperoper Dresden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Teatro La Fenice, Venice. From 2010 to 2014, he held the position of Music Director at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia and since 2009, he has been the Music Director of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, founded in 1991 to help aid the integration of Jewish immigrants in Israel.

 

Wellber began his musical training at the age of five on the accordion and piano. Also interested in composition, he took lessons from Tania Taler from the age of nine and was then taught by Michael Wolpe until 2004. He graduated from the Be’er Sheva conservatoire in 1999. Wellber’s compositions 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. He undertook his Bachelor of Arts with Eugene Zirlin at the Jerusalem Music Academy and his Master’s degree under Mendi Rodan.
From 2008 to 2010, Wellber assisted Daniel Barenboim at the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Teatro La Scala in Milan. When La Scala toured to the Israeli Opera, Wellber conducted Verdi’s Aida to great critical acclaim. In 2008, he performed the very same work 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.”

 


Following his acclaimed debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in May 2014 with Eugen Onegin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra immediately invited Wellber to make his Royal Festival Hall debut with them in April 2015, and in Summer 2018 he will return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera with a new production of Madama Butterfly. The seasons ahead will see Wellber return to the Bayerische Staatsoper for new production of Giordano’s Andrea Chenier with Jonas Kaufmann in the title role (Spring 2017), the Semperoper in Dresden for Salome (Autumn 2016), and a Mozart Festival comprising all three Da Ponte operas (Spring 2017). He will prepare to make his debut with the Metropolitan Opera of New York with Carmen in the subsequent season (Autumn 2018). Symphonic highlights include debut performances with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Sao Paulo Symphony, and return visits to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

 


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 Madam Butterfly, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Mozart’s Così fan Tutte and Die Zauberflöte, Boito’s Mefistofele, which he recently reprised at Bayerische Staatsoper, Gounod’s Faust and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. In the 2015/16 season, Wellber conducted highly successful performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra during their residency in Dresden, with three programmes, one of which being Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, which was met with great critical acclaim.

 


Omer Meir Wellber has a strong commitment to educational and charity work with young musicians and became 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 programme for doctors and nurses from these countries.
 


Season 2016/2017

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"Wellber pounced on every nuance… I've not heard Brahms played as well as this in years."

CBSO Debut, Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, November 2015

"The evening’s performance revealed Wellber to be a conductor whose combination of energy and clarity, passion and intellect, engenders exciting, enthralling music-making. - London Philharmonic Orchestra Debut"

Claire Seymour, Seen and Heard International, April 2015

"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