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Reuben A
Rehovot, Israel560 contributions
Mediocrity is the name of the game
Feb 2020
Tel Aviv and its audience deserve a top-notch opera. I am subscribed for more than 20 years and over the last seasons am pondering to stop my subscription and go to specific operas, if they are presented at adequate quality. Rossini's Barbiere is an old favorite. It was the 1st opera that I have seen at 8 years. I took my 12 years old twin granddaughters to their 1st exposure and paid quite a lot for 2 additional tickets. They enjoyed it and I'm a happy grandpa. The success of an opera evening depends mainly on the quality of the singers. Here, I had plenty of disappointments over the last years. Figaro, interpreted by Jonathan Michie on Feb. the 28th, 2020 is a mediocre bariton of low voice qualities and very modest stage presence. Such an artist was unable to carry on his shoulders the scintillating role that Rossini assigned to Figaro. The result, a flop. The conductor was in command, the mise en scene although unorthodox didn't spoil the show. I didn't like it but swallowed the pill. A poor Figaro is a sure flop.
Written March 10, 2020
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mark_davie_2000
Watford, UK302 contributions
Dead Man Walking
Dec 2019
I saw "Dead Man Walking" by Jake Heggie here last night.
Frankly - disappointing. Stage design reminded me sometimes of a high school play with video shots being projected on to the stage.One glaring example was where you saw the nun "driving", playing with a steering wheel, whilst a vid of the road was being projected simultaneously.

The new American opera style seems a to be an innovation in modern opera whereas it's basically a hotch potch of post modern muddling, uninventive melody writing and a monotonous orchestral scoring. There were some good arias, the best of which, by far, was the aria sung by the mother of Patrick, the condemned man. The singer, Maria Zipchek was also by far the best singer on the stage - and the audience appreciated this too. They were more enthusiastic about her than the nun.
The orchestra needed to be a bit more forceful, expressive and aggressive, and that is always hard for the Rishon Letzion orchestra. Also the brass need to go over their parts at home!
One tune however sticks in your mind after the curtain has dropped: "He will gather us around", an old Hymn tune, most likely Afro-American.
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Written December 17, 2019
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darryl
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Disappointing production of manon Israeli national opera
Nov 2019 • Couples
The staging and set was a rip off of staging of la traviata from 2005 in Salzburg
(I knew I’d seen it before)
Just a bit disappointing after travelling so far to get here from the U.K.
The whole production was a bit disjointed and lacklustre
And as for all the noise from the shoes on the stage in the opening 10 minutes!!
Really??? Didn’t anyone pick up on this at the dress rehearsal ?There wasn’t much to save the overall opera after the bad start .
This goes down as bad as the WNO’s performance of the magic flute this year at the wales millennium centre in Cardiff.

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Written November 17, 2019
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Shaken007
Edinburgh, UK90 contributions
Great!
Jul 2019 • Couples
We visited and saw Simon Boccanegra which is a lesser known Verdi. It’s not the crowd pleaser that the other well known Verdi operas are but the quality was right up there. The lead roles were well sung and staging very impressive. The opera house is an interesting building to visit. Well worth a visit if you enjoy opera or a night out at a cool and impressive theatre.
Written July 16, 2019
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Reuben A
Rehovot, Israel560 contributions
Cosi fan tutte
Jun 2019 • Solo
I am subscribed for years to the Israeli Opera. There are better and worse shows. After all, the quality of an opera is contingent upon the quality of the singers. I watched this year Cosi fan tutte at the Zurich Opernhaus. Wasn't happy about the staging although it was dynamic, but enjoyed the performance of all the singers. Had no problem with the staging at Tel Aviv but as usual, the weakest link in the chain sets the overall impression. In the role of Ferrando appeared a British tenor. He had a petty voice lacking essential stage-volume. It definitely spoiled my pleasure and turned the event into a mediocre one. Have seen quite a lot of people leaving after the break. Am not aware of their reasons. I feel like I didn't get the full worth for my money but even worse that Tel Aviv Opera indulges into mediocrity.
Written June 16, 2019
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Kenneth7228
Heredia, Costa Rica240 contributions
Verdi's Mask
Feb 2019 • Business
A group of us went to the Opera and I had reservations about going because an Opera is typically sung in Italian and subtitles (if shown) would be in the local language (Hebrew). I was pleasantly surprised that the screens translated into both Hebrew and English. A great experience and an excellent Opera. Good seating, good pricing, great Opera and the acoustics in the center are outstanding. Highly recommend...
Written April 13, 2019
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,972 contributions
Salome
Jan 2019 • Couples
Not an easy opera from Strauss. An extraordinery performance with very good singers. We think that here the performances are always very good, as we remember on our visit 8 years ago was the same experience.
Written February 3, 2019
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Expert1952
Tel Aviv, Israel168 contributions
A great cultural experience
Nov 2018 • Couples
We went to the gala performance of Verter - the hall of the Opera is a very good auditorium with excellent acoustic and convent access. The specific Opera was with an interesting 'framed' infrastructure and good sibgers - a great cultural experience
Written November 16, 2018
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sergo_il
Haifa, Israel325 contributions
Outstanding Musical Experience
Jul 2018 • Couples
Visiting the Israeli Opera is a great musical and cultural experience. The performance is outstanding, acoustics are great, the building is modern and well organized. Booking a ticket close to the performance is pretty hard (at least for the classics).
Written July 29, 2018
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Daniel B
Jerusalem, Israel528 contributions
Carmen's Bizet was excellent, the acoustics a bit less
Jul 2018 • Couples
A revival of Franco Zeffirelli’s 1981 production recreated the escenography faithfully, with a cast of excellent international and Israeli performers. But both the orchestra and even the performers themselves sounded a bit flat, probably due to too much damping. The building itself is impressive, but could use a bit of a sprucing up of the exterior.
Written July 27, 2018
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