Israeli Opera Festival at Masada

After a number of successful productions that began in 2010 the Israeli Opera Festival at Masada has without doubt earned itself a position on the International summer open air Opera circuit.  In June this year the opera festival returned, with a magnificent production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, conducted by Daniel Oren, which was held at the foot of Masada which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

La Traviata has significant meaning to Israel’s music history as it was the first Opera to be staged in Tel Aviv in 1923 and has been performed regularly ever since.

La Traviata

Following previous highly successful productions of Aida and Carmen that were presented at Masada, this year once again thousands of cultural tourists joined tens of thousands of Israelis who all enjoyed this very unique and unforgettable experience.  This year visitors were also able to appreciate an outstanding performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the Baton of Kent Nagano and the participation of International Soloists.

Masada Opera festival
All this was immediately followed by a wonderful weekend of Mozart in a spectacular setting that took place in Acco in the subterranean Crusader Halls, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 2015 the Israeli Opera Season at Masada will present Puccini’s Opera Tosca with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le Zion, conducted by Daniel Oren

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