Omer Meir Wellber is named the next Music Director of Fondazione Teatro Massimo in Palermo. The announcement was made on 26 July by Francesco Giambrone, the Sovrintendente of the Teatro Massimo, and Leoluca Orlando, President of the Fondazione and Mayor of Palermo. Maestro Wellber will assume the role in January 2020, at which point the outgoing Music Director Gabriele Ferro will be named Honorary Conductor.

Sovrintendente Francesco Giambrone said:
“I am very excited to have won the outstanding conductor Omer Meir Wellber for our theatre. The new Music Director has the responsible task and challenge to give the house an international dimension and to build as a team a high-quality theater, curious and innovative. Omer Meir Wellber will enrich us with his international experiences and his personality. I have already started planning some very important projects together with him.”

Omer Meir Wellber said:
“I am very happy to become a part of the Teatro Massimo family. This has been a great friendship that began almost ten years ago, and I look forward to taking this theatre into the third decade of the 21st century. As music is an art that exists only in the present, it forces us to breathe and to think together. The combination of personalities, experiences and creative minds is the magic of theatre. I know that the bigger the role music plays in a city’s life, the bigger the cultural happiness will be – Palermo is a city of culture and of multi cultures from ancient times to today, and as such it is in my view the ideal stage for creativity, beauty and perfection.”

Omer Meir Wellber is currently conducting Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes at the Bavarian State Opera during the Munich Opera Festival (final performance on July 29). His tenure as Principal Guest Conductor at the Semperoper Dresden begins in September 2018.

Wellber is a guest with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Bavarian State Opera Munich, and Teatro La Fenice. In the 2018/19 he makes his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Bizet’s Carmen in October 2018, and at the Lucerne Festival with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He also conducts the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and as Principal Guest Conductor of the Semperoper Dresden he will lead their new production of Verdi’s Nabucco, and revival performances of Don Giovanni, Tannhäuser and Der Rosenkavalier.

In his native Israel, Omer Meir Wellber aims to use music as a powerful tool for social change. Since 2009, he has been the Music Director of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, founded in 1991 to assist Jewish immigrants with their integration in Israel. 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, collaborates with various institutions through outreach programmes and fosters the next generation of conducting students through educational lectures.