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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Back Stage Tour - Dead Man Walking December 2019 – Back Stage Tour – Dead Man Walking (9/12/2019) - The opera takes place on stage but the backstage hustle is a show by its own right. You are invited to enjoy an exciting tour, 90 minutes before curtain time, and sense the excitement on stage and in the soloists’ rooms, the make-up and wig rooms and the fantastic costume shop.
  4. Dead Man Walking December 2019 – Dead Man Walking (9/12/2019) - The most performed American opera in the repertoire – the mesmerizing story of an American nun who tries to comfort a convicted murderer on his way to death row. An operatic version to the internationally powerful movie.
  5. Schubert – Die Winterreise December 2019 – Schubert – Die Winterreise (9/12/2019) - Schubert’s masterpiece, a song cycle portraying the physical and spiritual journey of a poet who searches through the nature of the creation the soul of the art and the artist, in a unique dramatic version performed by three female opera singers. A special staged version for three female singers:
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Opera and More March 2020 -Opera and More (9/22/2019) - Our dear colleague, Xu Zhong returns to conduct the orechestra with a marvelous program featuring works by Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini and Bizet with the marvelous soprano Hila Baggio . Mor Biron A member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, will play a bassoon concerto by Rossini.
  10. Alice in Wonderland November 2019 – Alice in Wonderland (9/11/2019) - This colorful opera encounters the child Alice with the fantastical creatures of wonderland including the Cat, the Mad Hatter and a Queen who does not like to lose.
  11. Back Stage Tour - Manon November 2019 – Back Stage Tour – Manon (9/11/2019) - The opera takes place on stage but the backstage hustle is a show by its own right. You are invited to enjoy an exciting tour, 90 minutes before curtain time, and sense the excitement on stage and in the soloists’ rooms, the make-up and wig rooms and the fantastic costume shop.
  12. Manon November 2019 – Manon (9/11/2019) - Genuine love or worldly riches - the eternal dilemma brings the young Manon to her tragic end. Dan Ettinger conducts one of the most beloved French operas of all time.
  13. Parisian Love November 2019 – Parisian Love (9/11/2019) - Paris – the city of lights and of young love in opera, musicals and the French chansons alike: La traviata, Manon, La rondine, The Phantom of the Opera.
  14. Who Made The Empress Angry? - Haydn November 2019 – Who Made The Empress Angry? – Haydn (9/11/2019) - Who Made the Empress Angry? Who Made the Empress Angry? Little Haydn sang like a nightingale yet his pranks even angered the Empress. Humorous excerpts from the Bear, Rooster, Clok, Surprise and Farewell symphonies. Audience entrance through stage door - 28 Leonardo da Vinci street, Tel Aviv
  15. Hänsel and Gretel October 2019 – Hänsel and Gretel (9/2/2019) - 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.
  16. L’italiana in Algeri October 2019 – L’italiana in Algeri (9/12/2019) - Cecilia Bertoli (mezzo soprano), the much lauded bel canto vocalist and recipient of numerous awards, stars in this production from the Salzburg Festival, which redefines the concept of operatic comedy. Fine Italian bel canto, sharp humor and colorful sets in this loaded and entertaining cultural clash between the European and the exotic.
  17. The Elixir of Love - (L'elisir d'amore) October, December 2019 – The Elixir of Love – (L’elisir d’amore) (9/2/2019) - Nemorino is in love with Adina who does not hurry to return his love. She even tells him she would rather marry the soldier Belcore who woos her with military passion. Nemorino purchases a love elixir from the traveling salesmen Dulcamara and at the end love wins and Adina and Nemorino marry and live happily ever after.
  18. The Magic Flute Opera for children in Israel 2019 (9/15/2019) - A list and overview of Israeli Opera for Children.
  19. 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.
  20. Mozart's Surprise Box September 2019 – Mozart’s Surprise Box (9/2/2019) - Two young sisters embark on a magical journey through a forest in which they eventually discover the world of classical music in general and the magical characters from Mozart's operas in particular. Arias and duets from Mozart's beloved operas are performed in Hebrew in this special program of discovery of the power of music and its beauty.
  21. Opera on the Square September 2019 – Opera on the Square (9/4/2019) - On 7.9, we will begin the “Viva Italia” show – the great Italian composers Verdi and Puccini will meet the wonderful Neapolitan songs like O SOLE MIO and back in Sorrento. And on the 14.9, the show continues with “from opera to musical” – songs from favorite musicals such as My Fair Lady, The Suburban Story, The Phantom of the Opera and The Misery of Life, combined with familiar and beloved opera hits. And at the end of the 21.9, the “Love in Paris” show is closed – Paris City of Lights, City of Love and Pain. A journey from the La Traviata opera La Boheme that drew their inspiration from Paris. To the exciting, painful and sensual chansons.
  22. Orlando September 2019 – Orlando (9/2/2019) - Orlando opera from George Friedrich Handel, performed by the Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem in Hebrew, but in Hebrew subtitles.
  23. Queen of Sheba September 2019 – Queen of Sheba (9/1/2019) - The State Opera House of Hungary (founded in 1884) will arrive in Israel for the first time with Queen of Sheba, the immortal opera of the Hungarian Jewish composer Karl Goldmark, to the libretto of Salomon Hermann Mosenthal. A story about love and disappointment, desire and death in the court of King Solomon in Jerusalem and at the Judean Desert. A Late 19th century opera - presents impressive romantic and dramatic music.
  24. TEWJE - Ballett Theater Basel September 2019 – TEWJE – Ballett Theater Basel (9/2/2019) - The moving story of Tewje the Milkman, his suffering, and the love aches of his family. For the first time, in modern dance interpretation and original music with the participation of Kolsimcha Quintet, Switzerland.
  25. Opera in the Park September 2020 – Opera in the Park (9/13/2019) - Opera in the park is back! The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality and the Israeli Opera are proud to present “Nabucco” – the favorite opera by Giuseppe Verdi. “Nabucco” tells the story of the destruction of Jerusalem and the First Temple by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon (Nabucco), and the attempts of the Jewish people to stop the tragedy. She describes the destruction of the Temple by Nabucco’s troops, and follows the desire of the Israelites in the Babylonian exile to live a life of freedom in their homeland again. It is no wonder that the singing of the opera choir in the opera soon became Italy’s unofficial anthem, and to this day it is considered one of the most patriotic pleasures in Italian history, and one of the most beautiful in the opera choral repertoire in general.
  26. Cinderella September/October 2019 – Cinderella (9/1/2019) - The beloved fairytale about Cinderella who rises from the cinders to become a beautiful princess in spite of the fact that her two ugly step sisters will do anything in their power to destroy her. In Rossini's operatic version there is no fairy godmother but there is a charming magician who helps Cinderella win the love of her prince charming.
  27. The Magic Flute September/October 2019 – The Magic Flute (9/2/2019) - 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.
  28. The Tour from Hell (9/10/2019) - 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.

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