The Israeli Opera is bringing Giuseppe Verdi’s much-loved opera, La traviata, to Masada in June 2014. Conductor Daniel Oren will take the podium as he has done in years past at the Masada International Opera Festival, while Polish director Michal Znaniecki – who specializes in open-air productions—will meld the Paris salon with the Judean Desert.
“So we see Paris as desert, as a desolation, metaphorically of course,” Znaniecki says in a press conference video.
Organizers say the festival draws about 60,000 to its four shows – including some 10,000 foreign tourists. Hanna Munitz, General Director of the Israeli Opera, told a press conference in Tel Aviv that the opera is a drawing point for “cultural tourism to Israel. People come from abroad to enjoy culture in Israel.”
This year’s festival includes three new firsts. The Israeli Opera will host the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Kent Nagano for a concert dedicated to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Symphony No. 9 at Masada.
Another first sees the festival traveling north to Acre (Akko) for a four-day Mozart extravaganza at the Knights’ Halls.
And, for the first time, the Israeli Opera together with the Tamar Regional Council will open camping options for those wishing to attend the opera performances and stay overnight without paying steep hotel prices. The camping options are also meant to “bring a young audience as well,” organizers say.
The Idan Reichel Project will also feature at Masada on June 13, 2014.
Tickets and special flight-hotel-opera packages are on sale from today (December 11, 2013).