Israeli Operas

There aren’t too many Israeli Operas.
While the first Hebrew opera, Dan Hashomer by Marc Lavry (to the lyrics of S. Shalom and Max Brod) was written in 1945, three years before the State of Israel gained its independence, most Israeli operas were written in the 1990s and 2000s.

Composer Opera Text Year Comments
Marc Lavry Dan Hashomer S. Shalom and Max Brod 1945 First ever Hebrew opera
Marc Lavry Tamar Louis L. Newman 1958
Menachem Avidom Alexandra Aharon Ashman 1959
Menachem Avidom Luis or The Farewell Dalia Hertz 1968 Impressionistic opera
Josef Bradanashvili Jourrney to the End of the Millenium A.B. Yehoshua 2005
Gil Shohat Alpha and Omega 1997-9 D. Manor and A. Hermann
Gil Shohat The Child Dreams 2009 Hanoch Levin
Josef Tal Joseph 1993 Israel Eliraz
Haim Permont Dear Son of Mine 1995 Talma Alyagon-Rose Chamber opera
Haim Permont The Flutist from Hamelin Talma Alyagon-Rose Opera for children
Ella Milch-Sheriff And the Rat Laughed 2005 Nava Semel and Ella Mich-Sheriff Chamber opera
Ella Milch-Sheriff Flying Lessons 2009 Nava Semel Chamber opera
Ella Milch-Sheriff Baruch’s Schweigen 2010 Yael Ronen Chamber opera
Alona Epshtein Symbiosis 2011 Alona Epshtein Chamber opera
Alona Epshtein Brothers 1992 Lev Dynkin Opera for children
Alona Epshtein Ugly Swans 1995 Lev Dynkin Opera for children

Above are Israeli operas I am aware of. Please help me complete the list by adding information in the comments section.


  1. Alona Epshtein says:

    I wrote a chamber opera called “Symbiosis”(2011),my own text, performed on 31.05.2011 on contemporary music workshop in Buchmann- Mehta school of music.
    I wrote two operas for children”Brothers” (1992) and “Ugly swans” (1995), both on texts by Lev Dynkin.

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