Michal Shamir

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One of the prominent Israeli musicians today. A graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel-Aviv in piano and voice.

 An international career with leading opera houses such as Berlin, Vienna, Hamburg, Geneva, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and others.  Dramatic and musical versatility  enables her to interpret a wide range of roles , stretching from Glucks’ “Iphigenie en Tauride”, Mozarts’ Countess Almaviva in “Figaro” and Fiordiligi  in “Cosi fan Tutte”, the main roles in “Rigoletto”, “La Traviata”,  Nedda (“Pagliacci”),  Marguerite in Gounods’ ”Faust",  Tatjana in ”Onegin” , Liu (“Turandot”),  through demanding character roles such as Marie in “Wozzeck”,  Magda Sorel in Menottis' ”The Consul”, the title role in Janaceks’ “Jenufa”  as well as Jenny in Weills’ “Mahagonny” and Anna 1 in his “Seven Deadly Sins”. She recently stepped into the Wagnerian repertoire with the role of Sieglinde in "Die Walkuere" in New-York.

 Engagements with important orchestras  (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the San-Francisco Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic and others) have lead to collaboration with important contemporary composers such as Krzyztof Penderecki, Witold Lutoslawski and Aribert Reimann, whose works she has performed under their baton.

 Recital performance is an integral part of Ms. Shamir's work, in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Israel.

 Alongside her being defined by the press as “having musical depth in every style” (Noam Ben-Ze'ev, ”Ha’aretz”) , Michal Shamir's interpretation of 20th century vocal music has won special praise and acknowledgement.  Her rendition of the works of Hanns Eisler and Kurt Weill is acclaimed by local and international press as outstanding in authenticity and precision of style perception.