“A program like this reminds you
of all the marvelous things happening in this country. The city (Tel Aviv)
is behind us. They administer ticket sales and donate a significant part of
the space,” says Strum.
The City of Tel Aviv realizes the
important connection with the Metropolitan Opera. Joan Dornemann returns
every year, with her team of pianists and conductors. They return because
they have a good audience, and they have a wonderful time in Israel.
Ms. Dornemann, together with her team,
produces nine operas in the six-week long session. That is no easy feat.
It involves daily rehearsals and master classes that are open to the public,
Master classes will include works from the Barber of Seville, Ariadne auf
Naxos, L’impression de Pelleas, The Rape of Lucretia, Consul, and Lakme.
The programs are
innovative. “We have built a tremendous audience that waits for the tickets
to go on sale”, says Bill Strum. “The series is such as success, that tickets
tend to sell out the first week they go on sale. In addition to the operas,
and the master classes, the group puts on an evening of Broadway musicals.”
The entire program is sponsored by
private donations, the City of Tel Aviv, ticket sales and a gala. The organization
does not have any salaried staff or an office. Even their gala is orchestrated
Help a young star rise by attending
one of the 26 sessions or the gala evening – if you can still get tickets.