He is but mad north by northwest

Lithuanian rock star Andrius Mamontovas plays the title role in 'Hamlet." Photo: Dmitri Matvejev

Lithuanian rock star Andrius Mamontovas plays the title role in 'Hamlet.\

Lithuanian stage director Eimuntas Nekrosius, hailed as one of Europe’s best, is bringing his Hamlet to Tel Aviv.

The much-praised show was first staged in 1997 in his native land and was presented at festivals throughout the world, earning its creator international recognition. Continue reading

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A woman’s work

giselbendor‘My father used to say that conducting is all right, but if I were to become an accountant in Montevideo, he’d be really proud of me,” laughs American conductor Gisele Ben-Dor. “The son of poor Polish Jews who escaped to Uruguay on the eve of WWII, my father became an accountant, the equivalent of a financial adviser, and for him it was very important.” Continue reading

From Siberia to Ra’anana

hvorostovskyOne of the world’s leading singers (and one of the world’s 50 most beautiful people, according to People magazine), the silver-haired Russian baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky is coming to Israel for only one concert with the Ra’anana Symphonette this week.

Born in 1962 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, to an engineer and amateur singer/pianist who possessed a huge LP collection of the world’s greatest singers, Hvorostovsky sang from his early childhood. After graduating from Krasnoyarsk School of Arts, where he studied under Yekatherina Yofel, he became a soloist for Krasnoyarsk Opera House. Continue reading