Subsequent to three very successful productions that started in 2010, the Israeli Opera Festival returned to the UNESCO world Heritage Site, at the foot of Masada at the Dead Sea which is the lowest point on earth, with a fabulous new production of Guiseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. This unforgettable experience expected to draw thousands of cultural tourists and many thousands of Israelis once again to flock to this venue in its unique setting.
Performances at Masada of La Traviata took place on the 12th, 14th, 16th and 17th June 2014 under the baton of Maestro Daniel Oren and included an international cast of soloists. On the 13th June there was a performance by Israeli internationally known singer Idan Raichel and a number of other international singers. There was also a special concert on the 15th June and for the first time at the Israeli Opera Festival, a performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Kent Nagano.
These events are really special due to the unbelievably magnificent setting with its backdrop of majestic Mt. Masada under a canopy of dazzling stars in the desert sky.