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
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.
In season 2018/19 Omer Meir Wellber gives his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Bizet’s Carmen in October 2018 and shortly before at the Lucerne Festival with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
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Omer Meir Wellber’s 2018/2019 appearances build off the success of his previous seasons’ engagements at major ensembles and houses around the world. In 2017/2018, the conductor debuted with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He conducted the premiere of Verdi’s Les Vêpres
In November 2016 he conducted the Staatskapelle Dresden in the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s oratorio About Love and Hate. He led the premiere of Andrea Chenier by Giordano in March 2017 at the Bavarian State Opera, where he previously opened a new production of Mefistofele in 2015. His 2017 opera engagements at the Semperoper included multiple performances of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas Cosi fan
Omer Meir Wellber served as the Music Director at the Palau de
From 2008 to 2010, Omer Meir Wellber assisted Daniel Barenboim at both the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Milan’s Teatro
Despite Omer Meir Wellber’s demanding schedule of global engagements, he maintains a deeply-rooted commitment to performing ensembles in his native country Israel. He has been a regular guest conductor for over ten years at the Israeli Opera, where he has led performances of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, Puccini’s Turandot and Madama Butterfly, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Gounod’s Faust and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, among others. In 2007, he debuted with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2016, he led the ensemble during its residency at the Dresdner Music Festival.
In Israel, Omer Meir Wellber aims to bring music as a powerful tool for social change. Since 2009, he has been the Music Director of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, which is particularly committed to music educational activities, reaching more than approx. 70.000 children each year. In addition, he was the founder and musical leader of Sarab – Strings of Change. Meaning “oasis” in Arabic, Sarab brings music education to Bedouin children in the Negev. The project is supported by the Beer Sheva Music Conservatory. The conductor also is a Good Will Ambassador for Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli-based non-profit organization that provides critical cardiac medical support. In addition, Omer Meir Wellber collaborates with various institutions through outreach programs and fosters the next generation of conducting students through educational lectures.
His unique musical mark also includes the 2017 publication of his book Fear, Risk and Love – Moments with Mozart. Co-written with German author and journalist Inge Kloepfer, the book shares his personal understanding of the universal emotions presented in the three Mozart/Da Ponte operas. The written work sits alongside his multimedia publications: a DVD of Mefistofele(Unitel, 2016) recorded at the Munich Opera Festival with the Bavarian State Orchestra; a DVD of his critically-acclaimed June 2013 jubilee performance of Aida at the Arena di Verona (BelAir