The Masada Opera Festival will take place for the fifth year running with productions of “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini, conducted by world renowned Maestro Daniel Oren as well as “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, conducted by James Judd. Following four highly successful productions in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and 2014, the Israeli Opera Festival at Masada has earned itself a place on the international summer open air opera circuit and is the largest cultural and tourism event in Israel.
The festival will return to the foot of Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea, with spectacular new productions of the two masterpieces. As in previous years, thousands of cultural tourists are expected to join the tens of thousands of Israelis at the event. The fortress of Masada serves as the backdrop to the opera, which is staged in a specially erected amphitheater and opera village on the floor of the desert. The clear desert nights, the cool breeze and the breathtaking views promise an unforgettable experience for opera lovers.
The performances of Tosca at Masada will take place on Thursdays June 4 and 11, and on Saturdays June 6 and 13. Tosca will be directed by Nicolas Joel, one of the most senior opera directors in the world. Maestro Daniel Oren meticulously selected a team of international and Israeli soloists.
The performances of Carmina Burana will be performed on Fridays, June 5 and 12 in a new fully staged production conducted by James Judd and directed by Michal Znanieck. The stirring creation by Carl Orff will take on a special character with the participation of a cast of hundreds of singers, musicians, dancers and actors, stylistic pyrotechnics and spectacular colors.
This year’s productions of the Opera Festival are the largest and most complex ever held in Israel and will employ 2,500 people in addition to the 700 participants and operations crews.
The Masada Opera Festival is being produced in partnership with Arkia Airlines, the Tamar Regional Council, the Ministry of Tourism, the Dead Sea Hotel Association and Bimot. The sale of vacation packages for overseas tourists will be handled by Eshet Tours and Amiel Tours.