Omer Meir Wellber

Principal Guest Conductor, Semperoper Dresden
Chief Conductor (from 2019/20), BBC Philharmonic
Music Director, Raanana Symphonette Orchestra
Music Director (from 2020), Teatro Massimo di Palermo

Biography

Omer Meir Wellber has established himself as one of today’s leading conductors of operatic and orchestral repertoire alike. He has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor at the Semperoper Dresden since September 2018, the Chief Conductor position of the BBC Philharmonic since July 2019 and the Music Director of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo since January 2020. He has conducted some of the world’s most prestigious ensembles including 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 and is a regular guest conductor at the Bavarian State Opera Munich. In addition to ongoing international appearances as a conductor, he is also a published author and maintains an active role in his native country of Israel, collaborating with ensembles in the region and promoting music integration projects.

In the 2019/20 season, Omer Meir Wellber will perform as guest conductor with several ensembles including the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Antwerp, 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. As Principle Chief Conductor in Dresden, he will conduct the premiere of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in a new production by Calixto Bieto. In January 2020, Omer Meir Wellber will begin his tenure as Music Director at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo with the New Year’s Concert and a new production of Wagner’s Parsifal at the end of January 2020.

2019 saw his debut at the BBC PROMS with the BBC Philharmonic with two concerts featuring works by Mozart, Haydn and Ben-Haim. As Principal Guest Conductor of the Semperoper Dresden, he conducted the new production of Verdi’s Nabucco in May 2019 and the revivals of Don Giovanni, Tannhäuser and Der Rosenkavalier as well as symphony concerts with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

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