Opera in Israel

Tel Aviv’s Performing Arts Center is home to the New Israeli Opera, a world-class company, which puts on four or five new productions a year. The center also frequently hosts visiting productions from Europe and America.


  1. Akko Opera Festival – Julius Caesar – July 2016 (9/7/2016) - Julius Cesar arrives to Egypt where he finds himself in the midst of a Game of Thrones episode between Cleopatra and her brother Tolomeo. Blood, sex and political manipulations in one of the greatest operas of the baroque.
  2. Classical Music in Israel (9/28/2016) - The Israel Philharmonic, one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, is based in Tel Aviv at the Performing Arts Center. The neighboring Tel Aviv Museum of Art also hosts regular chamber music concerts and other classical events in its Recanati Hall. Smaller venues include the Felicia Blumenthal Center and Einav Cultural Center, both of which host local and international classical musicians. In the village of Ein Kerem near Jerusalem, young musicians give free recitals of chamber music every Friday at noon from October to May at the Fountain of the Virgin in the Targ Center.
  3. Countess Maritza – June 2017 (9/7/2016) - Countess Mariza is one of the most beloved operettas in the repertoire. A tale of mistaken identities, love and despair, white lies and a lot of bubbling Hungarian melodies. The operetta wizards from Budapest return to Israel with a production full of pure operetta delights.
  4. Culture Square (8/21/2016) - Tel Aviv is Israel’s culture city. Most of the museums, orchestras, theaters, art galleries, dance venues and music halls come with an entry fee, however. To get a taste of the city’s arts scene, head over to Culture Square at the end of Rothschild Boulevard.
  5. Eilat’s Isrotel Theater (8/15/2016) - Eilat's Isrotel Theater is a magnificent theater that hosts performances every evening. The Isrotel Theater hosts the famous and spectacular show - WOW that combines acrobatics, dancers and artists from around the world. WOW created by the famous Israeli artist Hanoch Rosen, and is one of the most popular attractions in the city of Eilat, you simply should not miss it.
  6. Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival 2016 Entertainment in Israel (9/28/2016) - Many say that there is not enough entertainment in Israel. Is that so? Israel has its theaters, concert halls and cinematheque in Jerusalem (high culture), but in Tel Aviv are the bigger entertainment centers (popular culture). In Jerusalem they pray, in Haifa they work, in Tel Aviv they play. In this article I describe entertainment in Israel and where to find it.
  7. Faust Faust (9/7/2016) - The ageing scholar Faust signs a pact with the devil and regains his youth. But such deals can never end happily and the price Faust has to pay cannot be measured in gold as we reveal in this grand French opera which is based on Goethe’s novel.
  8. From Opera to Musical From Opera to Musical – March 2017 (9/7/2016) - From Opera to The Phantom of the Opera. A program full of arias from popular operas and excerpts from some of the greatest musicals of all time including The Phantom of the Opera.
  9. Hänsel and Gretel Hänsel and Gretel – Oct and Nov 2016 (9/7/2016) - The young siblings who are lost in the darkness of the forest encounter the sumptuous candy house of the witch who loves to eat children for her dinner. But the smart children outwit the witch and get to reunite with their concerned parents. All's well that ends well. A magical production in Hebrew.
  10. Jerusalem Opera Festival – Nabucco – June 2017 (9/7/2016) - Verdi's "Jewish" opera showcases King Nebuchadnezzar who destroys the temple in Jerusalem and exiles the Israelites to Babylon where they sing the immortal slave chorus this time at the Sultan's Pool in Jerusalem.
  11. La forza del destino, May 2017 (9/7/2016) - The wheels of destiny turn fast in this tale of murder, revenge and destruction. One of Verdi’s most popular operas moves quickly from unconditional true love and genuine friendship to fiery spite and bottomless hate.
  12. La Gazzetta – March/April 2017 (9/7/2016) - For the first time in Israel - a delightful Rossini comedy in a colorful production presented by the Royal Opera of Wallonie from Liege. Sweeping Rossini melodies with a multitude of characters searching for true love in a Parisian hotel where all is acceptable in this game of love.
  13. Lucia di Lammermoor (9/7/2016) - Lucia loves Edgardo but her brother forces her to wed Arturo. Lucia obeys yet transforms her wedding night into a feast of murder and a mad scene full with mesmerizing coloraturas.
  14. Madame Butterfly in Park HaYarkon Tel Aviv for free! – September 2016 (1/5/2016) - Let’s end the summer on a high dramatic note with the Israeli Opera! A performance of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly will take place on Thursday, September 15th in Park HaYarkon – admission FREE!
  15. Madamma Butterfly – July 2017 (9/7/2016) - Anthony Minghella's (Oscar winner for The English Patient) Olivier Award winner production of Puccini's poignant tale of love and honor reaches the Israeli Opera. The young Butterfly learns to face pain and the loss of her honor as the man she loves disappears after he leaves her pregnant with his child.
  16. Norma – Nov/Dec 2016 (9/7/2016) - The Druid high priestess gives birth secretly to two children and when the secret is revealed, her crime has to be punished by death. Bellini’s beautiful bel canto opera examines the power of love and self sacrifice with haunting melodies.
  17. Opera in Israel (9/28/2016) - Tel Aviv’s Performing Arts Center is home to the New Israeli Opera, a world-class company, which puts on four or five new productions a year. The center also frequently hosts visiting productions from Europe and America.
  18. Puccini Heroines Puccini Heroines – October 2016 (9/7/2016) - Tosca, Butterfly, Liu, Mimi, Manon and all Puccini love stricken heroines do all they can to savor their love but all end up lifeless as the curtain descends.
  19. Russian Soul – May 2017 (9/7/2016) - The music which was born in the vast landscape of the Russian countryside projects the yearning to the big cities in the center of this huge land. Popular folk songs, weeping romances and arias from popular operas by Tchaikovsky (Yevgeni Onegin) and Rimsky-Korsakov The Tsar's Bride).
  20. Spanish Rhythm – July 2017 (9/7/2016) - Spanish dance rhythms and fiery gypsy music in a program featuring excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen and more Spanish delights including traditional Ladino songs.
  21. The Magic Flute – Sep/Oct 2016 (9/7/2016) - Papageno the bird catcher embarks on a perilous journey to find princess Pamina and return her to prince Tamino who lovers her and waits for her. On his journey he will encounter the Queen of the Night and her three ladies and at the end of the day will also find love. Mozart's beloved opera in a special version for the entire family with colorful costumes.
  22. The Opera at Zappa - Moscow, New York, Paris and Tel Aviv The Opera at Zappa – Moscow, New York, Paris and Tel Aviv – November 2016 (9/7/2016) - An evening of romantic songs about the most beautiful places on planet earth. From Jerusalem to Paris, from Moscow to New York with Naples and Tel Aviv on the way. Beautiful songs about beautiful places in our homeland and all over the world including some places that can be reached only through our imagination.
  23. The Opera at Zappa – My Way – January 2017 (9/7/2016) - A homage to one of the greatest singers of all time who captivated audiences all over the world with his beloved songs and the music of the 50s. Night and Day, New York, New York, Strangers in the Night, September, The Lady is a Tramp
  24. The Opera at Zappa - Pretty Woman The Opera at Zappa – Pretty Woman – September 2016 (1/7/2016) - Opera and movies is a winning combination. From Pretty Woman to The Fifth Element, from James Bond to Mission Impossible opera has served as a great soundtrack for the great movies of all time. An evening of operatic soundtracks from La boheme to La traviata with an addition of great film songs from Goldfinger, Breakfast at Tiffnay’s and more.
  25. The Opera at Zappa - Sings Michael Jackson The Opera at Zappa – Sings Michael Jackson – October 2016 (9/7/2016) - The man and the legend. The King of Pop is considered one of the greatest musicians on the USA whose songs have influenced scores of pop, rock, hip-hop and other singers through the years. Israeli Opera singers celebrate the legacy of Jackson with his greatest hits.
  26. The Opera at Zappa - The Opera Sings The Beatles The Opera at Zappa – The Opera Sings The Beatles – December 2016 (9/7/2016) - The greatest songs of The Beatles come alive in this full of energy evening that always have the audience cheering for more. When I am 64, Let It be & Eleanor Rigbey.
  27. The Tour from Hell (10/1/2016) - This tour was the tour from hell ... for me. For the group absolutely not, because they had loads of fun, costing me my hair of course. We are talking about a tour, which shows what Israel actually is, a mixture of culture, adventure, exploration and Israeli sights in all the major touristic centers of Israel. This article is part of the Tour Guide Diaries September 2016.
  28. The World of Victor Hugo – January 2017 (9/7/2016) - From Rigoletto to Les Misérables. Music of hope and love, lust and despair, freedom and joy featuring excerpts from Verdi’s Rigoletto and from the musical Les Misérables.
  29. Timna Opera Festival - Samson et Dalila Timna Opera Festival – Samson et Dalila – 2017 (9/7/2016) - The classic biblical story of the Israeli hero Samson and the sensational beautiful Philistine Dalila reaches Timna in a new larger than life production.

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