I'd like to share with readers the following essay by my friend Naama Zahavi Ely. This essay appeared in the program for a benefit on behalf of the International Vocal Arts Institute. For the past couple of years, Naama's daughter Kinneret has attended their summer opera workshop, Sadnat Ha-opera, where she has had the chance to study with a stellar international faculty. Last summer in Israel, I attended the workshop's free, end-of-summer concert in Yaffo's Gan Ha-Pisgah. Joan Dorneman of the Metropolitan Opera, who is also the program's Artistic Director, introduced the performance with the observation that "Sadna ["workshop"] means 'music in Tel Aviv.' It's not a Hebrew word anymore--it has become international." The students, backed by the Israeli Cameri Orchestra, performed pieces from Carmen, Die Zauberflöte, Tosca, and Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as other operas. The standout was Mari Moriya, who already has an impressive professional resume. Her rendition of "Il dolce suono" from Lucia brought people to their feet.
by Naama Zahavi Ely (email@example.com)