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

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Biography

Omer Meir Wellber has established himself as one of today’s leading conductors of operatic and orchestral repertoire alike. In September 2018 he begins his tenure as Principal Conductor at the Semperoper Dresden. In July 2019 he will take up the position of Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and from January 2020 the position of Music Director of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He has directed some of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio 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 Bavarian State Opera Munich, La Fenice in Venice, and the Israeli Opera. In-demand around the world, he balances constant international appearances with a commitment to performing classical music and promoting music integration projects in his native country Israel.

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OMER MEIR WELLBER NAMED NEW CHIEF CONDUCTOR OF BBC PHILHARMONIC

The BBC Philharmonic has announced that Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber has been appointed as the orchestra’s new Chief Conductor.  He takes up the post in September 2019 and his initial contract is for four years. Omer Meir Wellber, 36, will conduct the orchestra...

Reviews

“The star of the evening was Omer Meir Wellber, leading his first performance from the Met’s pit… this was a tight performance, rich in drama, that emphasized atmosphere.”

 

 

Eric C. Simpson

New York Classical Review

“Making his debut with the Metropolitan was Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber, who is set to serve as chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019. Under his baton, the orchestra and experienced cast joined together in ways that put their individual talents to great use in Sir Richard Eyre’s spellbinding production.”

 

 

Logan Martell

Opera Wire

“Judging by tonight’s Wagner, one hopes that bringing more opera to Manchester is at the top of his agenda… Wellber masterfully drove the tempo forwards into the act’s heady climax… the Linz Symphony sounded fresh, zesty and unusually dramatic in the context. With a reduced string section but modern timpani, liberal vibrato and Barenboim-esque grandeur of direction, this was heart-on-sleeves, brightly coloured Mozart which embraced all the vivid details on offer. The rich warmth of the Andante was a sharp contrast to the strings’ bitingly incisive articulation in the dotted rhythms of the Menuetto. In the finale, the violins’ dizzyingly quick semiquaver scales flew off the stage with completely seamless phrasing. At the last chord, someone cheered as though Manchester United had just netted the winner. It’s hard to quibble with his enthusiasm for this new partnership.”

Rohan Shotton

**** Bachtrack

“This was Mozart done by an expert. He’s economic of gesture, flexibility itself in body language, and had the measure of the hall acoustic immediately as the 31-strings orchestra played with telling precision and transparent tone.”

Robert Beale

Arts Desk

“Omer Meir Wellber matched the exuberant grace of Mozart with the spine-tingling drama of Wagner… Poise and emotion were held in faultless balance here. It was exceptionally beautiful…After the interval came a powerhouse performance of Act I of Wagner’s Die Walküre. Wellber established the high emotional pitch at the outset with a spine-tingling account of the storm, rarely relaxing the tension as the subsequent drama unfolded, yet all the while attentive to musical detail and psychological subtlety… this was thrilling stuff, marking the start of what promises to be a most exciting partnership between the BBC Philharmonic and its new conductor.”

Tim Ashley

**** The Guardian

“Omer Meir Wellber’s conducting, meanwhile, has a tremendous, slow-burning intensity that draws us relentlessly into the opera’s unsettling world.”

Tim Ashley

**** The Guardian

“And if you want an additional reason to catch this show, there is one – in Omer Meir Wellber’s conducting, thanks to which the musical story unfolds in all its breath-taking beauty.”

Michael Church

**** The Independent

“Omer Meir Wellber led the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a magnificent account of Puccini’s score, from the scurrying strings in the prelude to the spitting cobra col legno attacks as Cio-Cio San’s suicide is interrupted by the sudden appearance of her son. Wellber was unafraid to let the orchestra off the leash, flooding the house with vibrant tone.”

Mark Pullinger

Bachtrack

“Wellber pounced on every nuance… I’ve not heard Brahms played as well as this in years.”

Stephen Pritchard

CBSO Debut

“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

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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