Omer Meir Wellber
Be'er Sheva (Israel)
Musical education in accordion and piano, Be'er Sheva Conservatory, conducting and composition with a scholarship from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation at the Jerusalem Music Academy
Five to ten important engagements
Since 2018, he has been Principal Guest Conductor at the Semperoper Dresden, Giordano's Andrea Chénier at the Bavarian State Opera, Tannhäuser at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, La traviata at the Bavarian State Opera, Strauss' Daphne at the Semperoper Dresden, Aida at the Arena di Verona, Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in New York
Formative collaboration with these artists
That's difficult... First and foremost there's the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, opera directors like Graham Vick, who unfortunately died last year, Luc Bondy, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, and so on and so forth.
There are also two roles that I would like to add to my list of significant collaborations: Figaro from Le nozze di Figaro and Fiordiligi from Così fan tutte. I have a strong relationship with both of these characters. And last but not least Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: he changed my idea of music and theatre a lot, but also my understanding of the meaning of freedom.
Debut at the Volksoper Wien
From September 2022 Music Director of the Volksoper Wien
Late Night Concert Omer Meir Wellber & Friends on 4 September 2022
Opera debut: The Magic Flute on 14 September 2022
Important prizes & honours
2020 "Rudi Häussler Prize" of the Semperoper Foundation (addition: for artistic personalities of special importance for the reputation of the Semperoper Dresden)
2021 Special Prize of the renowned Italian Associazione Nazionale Critici Musicali (National Association of Music Critics)
2021 Cielo d'Alcamo Literary Prize for the Italian publication of his novel The Four Faints of Chaim Birkner (Berlin Verlag, 2019).
Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Music Director of the Teatro Massimo Palermo
Music Director of the Raanana Symphonette, Israel
2018-2022: Principal guest conductor of the Semperoper Dresden
Author of the books The Fear, the Risk and the Love - Moments with Mozart (together with publicist Inge Kloepfer) and The Four Faints of Chaim Birkner
* Use of photograph (© Luca Pezzani) only for the purpose of current reporting on the Volksoper Wien.