The Semperoper Dresden has today announced the appointment of conductor Omer Meir Wellber, who made his debut in Dresden in 2010 and has subsequently been responsible for numerous outstanding productions, as its Principal Guest Conductor. This has been announced today at the press conference presenting season 2018/19.

Omer Meir Wellber has established himself as one of today’s leading conductors of operatic and orchestral repertoire alike. He has directed some of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, RAI Torino, and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. His combination of energy and clarity and his ability to evoke nuanced detail from an orchestra have made him a regular guest conductor at the Semperoper Dresden, the Bavarian State Opera Munich, Le Fenice in Venice, and the Israeli Opera. In-demand around the world, Wellber balances constant international appearances with a commitment to performing classical music and promoting music integration projects in his native Israel.

In 2017/2018, Wellber’s orchestral engagements include debuts with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester and Mahler Chamber Orchestra as part of a multi-city tour. He will return after critically-praised 2016 debuts to both the Orchestre National de Lyon and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and he will also appear at the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and WDR-Symphonieorchester.

Wellber’s opera highlights for the season continue his long-standing relationships with both the Semperoper Dresden and the Bavarian State Opera Munich. In Dresden, he will conduct the Staatskapelle in productions of Strauss’ Salome and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, as well as lead the ensemble in symphonic concerts. At the Bavarian State Opera, Wellber will premiere Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes, also conducting Bizet’s Carmen and Boito’s Mefistofele. Having made his 2014 debut at Glyndebourne, Wellber will step onto its podium again in summer 2018 to unveil the festival’s new production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – his first time conducting a premiere at the festival.

Click here to find the press kit of Semperoper about the new season. And click here for the video stream of the press conference, which will be online shortly.