Fringe opera focuses on women

The year-old Fringe Opera Center in Jaffa presents Operatia #1, three duets between dance and opera.

The year-old Fringe Opera Center at the Mandel Center in Jaffa proudly presents Operatia #1, three duets between dance and opera created and performed by choreographers Shlomit Fundaminsky, Maya Weinberg and Iris Erez. Fundaminsky's La Divina pays homage to Maria Callas and is danced to her voice singing some of her most famous arias. I'm Salome Too is Weinberg's take on Richard Strauss's opera about the sultry Jewish princess "as a model of the femme fatale," while Erez's Manual seeks the woman behind the diva. "The common theme, according to each choreographer's very different interpretation of her, is the woman in opera as heroine/singer," says Yuval Zamir, the center's founding artistic director. He is a singer, actor and director, too. The project, he continues, derives directly from the center's mandate which seeks to attract young artists eager to expand, explore and extend the opera genre beyond its traditional confines. Future projects include the premiere in April at the Rishon Lezion Spring Festival of Daniel Ran's opera The Day They Buried Martin Buber, based on Yehuda Amichai's sketch, with the addition of other poems, and a children's opera version of Nahum Gutman's beloved fable on Lubengulu King of Zulu. The gala premiere on January 22 is at the Mandel Center.