(photo credit: Yossi Zwecker)
In its praiseworthy ongoing effort to nurture a new generation of opera goers in
this country, which does not have an ages long operatic tradition, Israeli Opera
is for the first time offering a summer subscription for kids and for the entire
It includes three fully staged operas in Hebrew, presented on the
theater’s major stage by the young Opera soloists, accompanied by an
instrumental ensemble. The largest production, the world premiere of “Alice in
Wonderland,” written by David Sebba and staged by Moshe Kepten, is facilitated
with the vital financial support by Bank Hapoalim.
“One day I entered the
office of Hannah Munitz (the opera’s CEO), and said that I wanted to
opera for kids,” recollects the multitalented Sebba, who is a singer,
conductor, librettist and translator. “I assumed she’d dismiss the idea
friendly ironic smile, but instead Hannah said three words: Alice in
Kepten, for whom this will be a first sortie into the opera
world, admits that despite his reasonable experience staging kids’
project still presents a true challenge: “They are ultimately sincere,
impossible to cheat them,” he says wryly.
But both the vocal fragments
and sketches of stage characters presented at a press conference at the
house earlier this week suggest that the creators of the new show have
much to worry about.
Two other pieces in the package are Mozart’s “The
Magic Flute” in Ehud Manor’s famous translation, and Rossini’s
(translated by Sebba). Both are staged by the young and successful opera
director Niv Hoffman.
Both have been running at Israeli Opera in the
adapted versions for years, but they have been reworked for the big
Members of the Ra’anana Symphonette and Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra
shows, and Sebba conducts.
Niv Manor, Bambi Freedman, Dana Tzarfati,
Franklin Tavares and Uvi Bossi created the props and the costumes for
The shows will be preceded by behind-the-stage tours and
meetings with the production participants.“The Magic Flute” runs July
15-17; “Cinderella” July 23-25 and “Alice in Wonderland” will be
times in Tel Aviv between August 12 and 18, with an additional show in
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