Jerusalem, Israel: Opera Festival gets Underway

Events, Things to Do, What's New — By Judy Lash Balint on June 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

What a week–no sooner were the Jerusalem Day celebrations over, when the Opera Festival started out on its series of fabulous events.

With performances scheduled for Masada and  Jerusalem, there’s still time to snag tickets for one of the gala events, if you’ll be in Jerusalem over the next few weeks.

Last night was the Gala Opera Concert featuring the orchestra and soloists of the Arena Di Verona.  Thousands of Israeli opera buffs, visitors and journalists poured into the Sultans Pool outdoor performance space that sits right below the walls of the Old City. Bundled up against a cool evening breeze, there were lots of “oohs” and “ahs” amongst the audience over the imposing set and the talented soloists. The lighting designers outdid themselves, illuminating not only the stage but the surrounding Jerusalem rock and trees too.

A crowd-pleasing program that included arias from Rossini (Barber of Seville, William Tell)  Verdi (Il Trovatore, La Traviata)  and Puccini (Madam Butterfly, La Boheme) was just the prelude to a series of upcoming events:

Still to come: Verdi’s Jerusalem, an opera in four acts, is on Monday, June 6 at the same Sultans Pool venue.

Aida will be staged at Masada on the following dates: June 4,5,9, and 11

A gala concert with renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli and soprano Paola Sanguinetti and Israeli guest singers Ahinoam Nini and Mira Awad is set for the evening of June 12 at Masada.

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