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Claire returns to the Israeli Opera as Cleopatra in summer 2017!

24.2.2017

We are thrilled to announce Claire's return to the Israeli Opera as Cleopatra in Handel's "Giulio Cesare in Egitto", for the summer opera festival at the beautiful historical Fortress Courtyard of the old city of Akko.

This new production will be directed by Tomer Zvulun, general and artistic director of the Atlanta Opera; and conducted by Israeli opera's head of music Ethan Schmeisser. A new production created especially for the Crusaders Court in Akko.

For full details:  http://www.israel-opera.co.il/eng/?CategoryID=826&ArticleID=2453

 

 
Critical Acclaim for "Notte di Tempesta" CD Concert tour

28.11.2016

"Virtuoso opening – "Da Tempesta" from Giulio Cesarea. Claire Meghnagi possesses a beautiful, crystal clear powerful voice, and delightful contemporary baroque style: beautiful ornaments and vibrato control exactly as required… beautiful, gorgeous sound. I especially loved the two arias sequence:  First lyric - "Wil the sun forget to streak" from Solomon, and immediately after the virtuoso coloratura aria "Che non puo la Gelosia" from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo. The last piece was another virtuoso aria from Rinaldo that floated in Meghnagi's voice in spectacular ease and lightness. The audience demanded an anchor, and received Gershwin's Summertime.  Claire Meghnagi sang with much gleam and grace, and Barrocade's period instruments polished playing, full of rhythm and energy, showed how beautifully music crosses the limits of time."

Amir Mandel, Ha'aretz, November 25, 2016

 
Claire awarded the Rosenblum Prize for the Performing Arts
17.6.2016
Claire has been honored with the Rosenblum Prize for the Performing Arts, as outstanding artist of the year 2016. This great award, one of the most important in Israel, recognizes Ms. Meghnagi's many contributions to the performing arts, as well as her accomplishments as a representative of culture for her homeland Israel.
From the Jury's announcement:
"Soprano Claire Meghnagi's singing and performance remain etched in the memory of listeners already after their first hearing, as do her stage presence, her voice exuding beauty, and the way she naturally conveys diverse musical styles, such as traditional Jewish piyutim, baroque operatic arias or contemporary avant-garde music.  Meghnagi's emotional authenticity and her spontaneity are captivating, and make her artistry unique.
Meghnagi has established herself today as an acclaimed international opera singer with many accomplishments and achievements of her artistry. Several important newspapers, including the New York Times, the Guardian and the London Times, praised her singing; her performances have taken her to some of the world's most prestigious venues, among them the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Opera House, as well as leading opera houses and concerts halls in Moscow, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, the United States and Israel; and she was featured as a soloist with the most prestigious ensembles like Les Arts Florissants, The Israel Philharmonic and the Kölner Akademie.
She sang leading roles in operas by Monteverdi, Handel, Verdi, Stravinsky, Massenet and Gounod, amongst her many roles. While performing internationally, she has settled with her family in Israel, where she can be heard in the country's most important concert venues performing baroque and classical repertoire, as well as singing alongside her father, cantor Isacco Meghnagi, the traditional sacred music of the Jewish community of Libya.
For all this the Jury committee has decided to award Claire Meghnagi the Rosenblum Prize for the Performing Arts, as outstanding artist of the year 2016."
 
Wonderful First Review for "Notte di Tempesta" by Israel's biggest newspaper "Yediot Achronot"!

1.6.2016

"Israeli Soprano Claire Meghnagi, particularly in demand as baroque singer, joins in a variety of Handel's arias. Outstanding in particular is Aci's aria Qui l'Augel da Pianta in Pianta (Aci, Galatea e Polifemo)... this stunning yet highly demanding aria, very high in tessitura, is performed by Meghnagi with remarkable sensitivity and extraordinary technique. Overall, Meghnagi's singing demonstrates how even intimate, quiet sentimental moments can be full of drama, like the Queen of Sheba's aria Will the Sun forget to Streak from Solomon, as the queen departs from Solomon."

E. Uzan, Yediot Achronot, May 27 2016

 
Notte di Tempesta out next month at Fra Bernardo Media Label!

22.5.2016

Notte Di Tempesta CoverWe are thrilled to announce that Claire's new CD Notte di Tempesta (recorded with Barrocade Ensemble and S. Kribus) will be released worldwide in June 2016 by the prestigious Fra Bernardo media label – state of the art in early music! The label writes of the CD: "Virtuosity in the late Baroque period was an intricate issue. On the one hand, its outward appearance is simple: the public attending the opera or a concert demanded to be overwhelmed by performers' technique. On the other hand, virtuosity served as a vehicle for profound drama; it provided imitation (of natural phenomena such as birds or storms, or instruments attempting to sound like voices and vice versa) and it often revealed composers' command over their craft. Supplying tailor-made arias for a star singer or concertos for a gifted performer, composers were often expected to demand all the special effects and tricks that performers had up their sleeve. For Handel and Vivaldi, such circumstances did not hinder inspiration." The CD is available here

 
Claire's debut at the "Intonations" festival in live stream tonight at the Deutschlandradio Kultur

26.4.2016
After the successful world premiere of S. Haddad's Stabat Mater at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Claire was invited to sing the German premiere of the piece at the prestigious Intonations Festival at the Jewish Museum, Berlin. The piece, conducted by Daniel Cohen alongside Shirley Brill, Kathrin Rabus, Madeleine Carruzzo and Timothy Park, was performed at the festival's closing concert alongside Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps performed by Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim, on April 21. Tune in tonight at 20:00 for the LIVE STREAM of the festival's highlights at the Deutschlandradio Kultur here

 
Claire is awarded the prestigious Rosenblum Prize for the Performing Arts!

23.3.2016

Claire was just announced as winner of the prestigious Rosenblum Prize for the Performing Arts. Claire was named "Extraordinary Artist" in the classical music field, receiving the award for her unique skills as "an opera singer performing wide range of musical styles and cultures, all at the highest international level". The Rosenblum Prize is given by the Tel Aviv Municipality since 1989 for outstanding performers in the fields of Theater, Music and Dance. This year's winners also include renowned actress Keren Mor, choreographer Sharon Eyal as well as a lifetime achievement prize for director Zedi Zarfati. The prizes will be given by the Tel Aviv Mayor in a special ceremony on June 14, at Einav Center in Tel Aviv.

Further Reading (In Hebrew)

YNET (In Hebrew)

Ha'aretz (In Hebrew)

 

 
Debut as Maria/"West Side Story" with the Israeli Philharmonic

7.2.2016

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Claire has just made her debut as Maria in a concert version of highlights from L. Bernstein's West Side Story with the Israeli Philharmonic, conducted by Yaron Gottfried.

Concerts were part of the orchestra's special community outreach program, at The Charles Bronfman Auditorium ("Heichal HaTarbut") in Tel Aviv.

 

(in the photo: Mo. Yaron Gottfried with Claire performing today with the IPO)  

 
Claire's New CD – "Notte di Tempesta" is now released!

29.12.2015

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The CD Notte di Tempesta culminates a long collaboration with oboist Shai Kribus and the Israeli Baroque ensemble "Barrocade".

This CD was made to celebrate virtuosity and drama in music. Handel's most fascinating heroines Cleopatra, Queen of Sheba, Armida and the enchanting trouser role of Aci were chosen for this recording, providing a huge palette of emotions, energies and musical color.

 

 
Season 2015-2016 opens with World Premiere at the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival

29.8. 2015

Claire will open 2015-2016 season making her debut at the prestigious Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, performing Saed Haddad's Stabat Mater in world premiere. The piece was commissioned by the festival and its text in Hebrew is taken from the Biblical Psalms and Song of Songs. Additional performances are scheduled in Berlin's Jewish Museum Festival during April 2016. For tickets and details please visit: http://jcmf.org.il/programme/

 
Great Season Finale!
 29.7.2015
 
Rave reviews at the Israeli media for Claire's debut in the title role of Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tiresias in Tel Aviv. Jumping in at a short notice, Claire's performance was received by great enthusiasm and critical acclaim: 
"In the title role of Therese/Tiresias, the perfect opera artist Claire Meghnagi… was exceptionally prominent as a top singer belonging to highest level"
(H. Hitron, Ha'aretz, 26.7.2015)
Wishing you all a wonderful summer and see you soon in September! 
 
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Special profile interview at the Israeli "Globes"

29.4.2015

"This upcoming May Claire Meghnagi, one of Israel's most appreciated sopranos, will perform with the Italian Ensemble "Concerto de' Cavalieri"... The virtuoso pieces of the program will allow Meghnagi to showcase all the qualities that made her name renowned in the baroque performance field : virtuoso technique, flexibility, vocal gleam, deep touching expression, and most important – her rare willingness to go "all the way" emotionally, and give her all on stage, without being dragged into artificial mannerism"
From the special profile interview by Omer Shomrony, published in Globes, Israel's biggest business journal, April 28, 2015 online version

 

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New CD "Lonely Bird" is to be released on March 2015!

Zehavi web InvitationFebruary 13, 2015 

Claire's long awaited debut CD, called "Lonely Bird", is to be released and launched in special concerts during March 2015. The CD, recorded under the auspice of the Israeli Music Institute, contains art songs written for Claire by renowned Israeli composer Oded Zehavi, alongside pianist Irena Friedland.

Join us for this exciting concert at the Israel Music Conservatory in Tel Aviv at 3.3.2015 and in Haifa at 18.3.2015! 

 

 
Debut in Moscow!

December 20, 2014
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Claire just made a very successful debut at the Great hall of the Moscow Conservatory, singing Mozart and Handel with the acclaimed State Chamber Orchestra of Russia. Later this month she will return to the Berlin Philharmonie, for two Silvester concerts with the Berliner Symphoniker, singing arias by Rimsky-Korsakov, Gounod, Donizetti, Puccini and Bernstein.

Wishing you all a happy new year 2015! 

 
Season 2014/2015 begins!

September 17, 2014

Claire opens her season tonight in a special BarokFest concert at the Resonanzen Festival in Sils, Switzerland, singing arias by Handel and Purcell, alongside superb ensemble led by artistic director Kamilla Schatz. 

Season continues with exciting debut at the Great Tchaikovsky Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the State Chamber Orchestra of Russia; return to the Berliner Philharmonie for Silvester concerts with the Berliner Symphoniker and tour with the Warsaw Philharmonic at UK's most prestigious concert venues. In Israel, she is scheduled to sing Euridice (Gluck/ Orfeo ed Euridice), as well as concerts of Handel's Gloria with Barrocade Ensemble, Vivaldi Cantatas with Concerto de' Cavalieri and return to the Eilat Chamber Music Festival performing Bachianas Brasilieras, among others. Claire's debut CD, Lonely Bird art songs by Israeli composer Oded Zehavi, is scheduled to be released during October 2014 with recitals in Israel alongside pianist Irena Friedland.

Visit our Schedule page for updated dates and venues!      

 
Debut at the opening concert of Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci

May 30, 2014

Claire is about to make her debut in at the opening concert celebrating 60 years for the Music festival Potsdam Sanssouci, in June 13, 2014. This exceptional concert with the Israeli Barrocade Ensemble will include a very personal program of baroque arias as well as tradirional Sephardi songs in Ladino and Jewish prayers by Salomone Rossi. It will also be broadcast live for the German TV. Not to be missed!

For further details please visit Musikfestspeile Potsdam Website

 
Debut and World Premiere

May 10, 2014

For her upcoming debut with the renowned Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, Claire is performing a diverse program of Schubert's Salve Regina, Rameau's Scene of "La Folie" from Platee, and an exciting world premiere of the song cycle "Until When" by Israeli composer Eugene Levitas, to songs by poet Yaakov Barzilai, a Holocaust survivor. The cycle of five short poems will be world premiered in three concerts around Israel, by Claire and the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble conducted by Barak Tal, and will also be recorded. Further details and tickets can be found Here

 
Back in the recording studio!

December 1st, 2013

After recording her debut CD of art songs by Oded Zehavi, Claire is very excited to be recording her first CD of Handel arias with the Barrocade ensemble and outstanding oboe soloist Shai Kribus. Invited by the renowned early music ensemble, Claire chose some of her favorite Handel heroines, in particular her signature role Cleopatra, as well as Aci (Aci Galatea e Polifemo), Armida (Rinaldo) and Queen of Sheba (Solomon). Recording is made without a conductor, after the custom of the Baroque era.

 
Season opens with three special Gala Concerts

September 9, 2013

Claire opens her 2013-2014 season with three special Gala concerts – Andres Mustonen's 60th birthday concerts in Finland and Israel! Maestro Mustonen, a renowned violinist and versatile musician, has already invited Claire to sing Cleopatra/Giulio Cesare at the Estonian National Opera, and in many concerts with the Estonia National Symphony Orchestra (Penderecki Credo), Joensuu City Orchestra (Mozart Exsultate Jubilate), Mozart Great Mass in C minor (Eilat Festival) and many more. Concerts with Kymi sinfonietta will take place on 11, 12.9.2013 in Finland, and later in Israel, on 26.9.2013 at the Tel Aviv Museum with the Israel Camerata. Come and join a musical celebration with us!

 
Debut CD to be released in autumn 2013

July 3, 2013

We are happy to announce the upcoming release of Claire's debut CD, for IMI label. The CD is a result of long time collaboration with Israeli composer Oded Zehavi, and includes his art songs for voice and piano written over the years (most of them written especially for Claire's voice). The CD "Lonely Bird", with pianist Irena Friedland, is scheduled to be released during autumn 2013 in a launching concert tour in Israel.

 
The Infernal Comedy in Israel

April 30, 2013

Claire is very excited to be performing The Infernal Comedy alongside John Malkovich in her homeland, after last season's tour in the USA. Performances will take place under the auspice of the Eilat Chamber Music festival, in the Tel Aviv Museum on May 1st and the next day in Eilat. Claire will also sing in the festival's Verdi Gala concert, performing for the first time as Gilda in Rigoletto. These exciting performances have been receiving large media coverage, please visit the following links to read and watch Claire's interviews:


Being with John Malkovich for Israel Today (Matan Oren)

Meghnagi and Malkovich for Music4aWhile (Amir Kidron)

Live Interview for the Israeli Channel 2

coverage by the Israeli Channel 2 News (Yonatan Rieger)

 

 

 
Debuts with the Estonian National Opera and the Estonia National Symphony Orchestra

February 1, 2013

Cleopatra Tallinn 2Claire is currently in Tallinn, Estonia, making two important debuts. She makes her house debut at the Estonian National Opera as Cleopatra (Handel/Giulio Cesare in Egitto), and the opening gala concert of the Mustonenfest, performing Penderecki's monumental piece "Credo" with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. This performance in presence of the composer, will be broadcasted live by the Estonian Classical Radio. All performances are conducted by Maestro Andres Mustonen.

(Photo by Liina Viru, from rehearsals at the Estonian National Opera)

 
Debut with the Bremer Philharmoniker in Germany
December 21, 2012   

 

BremerPhilAfter returning to the Berliner Symphoniker in Berlin's Philharmonie on December 9, Claire made her debut with the Bremer Philharmoniker in Bremen in performances of Beethoven's Egmont alongside renowned actor Sebastian Koch, conducted by Maestro Markus Poschner. She also performed Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate in a special Afterwork concert, again with Maestro Poschner.

Markus Wilks of the Bremer Nachrichten wrote of her performance: "Perfect Beyond doubt was soprano Claire Meghnagi who mastered her songs with an outstanding stunning resonant voice" (Bremer Nachrichten, 17.12.12)

(Photo: Sebastian Koch, Claire Meghnagi, Markus Poschner after perfromance)

 
Haydn's Schöpfung with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra

October 30, 2012

Season continues with intensive performance schedule! For season opening concerts at the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Claire sang both roles of Gabriel and Eva in Haydn's monumental Die Schöpfung. Yet again Claire's performances are received by rave reviews: "Complete Perfection! If heaven exists, this is how the angels would sound like – pure gleaming voice, crystal clear, glowing as a diamond, supported by remarkable singing technique. I mean not only her excellent designed coloraturas, but also – and mostly - her focused vocal production. Her voice penetrates the space as a laser beam, without changing its beautiful color even in the highest register. On the contrary, her voice remains soft and round in all register ranges" (Tav-et.com). For full reviews please visit our press page!

 
Season opens with sensational reviews for Matthäus-Passion

October 17, 2012 

Claire has just opened her 2012/13 season with an 8 concert tour of Bach's Matthäus-Passion in Israel, with the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra. Her performances received great critical acclaim, as well as very enthusiastic ovations by the audience during the concert, as described in the critics: "Her Musical expression and delivery were genuinely touching, her singing personal, warm and heart-rending. We were lucky to receive a bonus: Mendelssohn's version gave the beautiful "Erbarme Dich" to his soprano, and so we received Meghnagi in a magnificent performance that received enthusiastic applause in the middle of the concert. This is perhaps not very customary, but felt completely right. Another highlight was the heart breaking aria "Aus Liebe", which was in my opinion, this concert emotional peak." (Omer Shomrony, Globes, October 10, 2012). Yediot Achronot, Israel's leading newspaper wrote: "The Israeli singer, much in demand in Israel and abroad, was at her best. Beautiful clean voice full of emotion and nuance, poised while expressing the words through music..." (Maxim Reider, Yediot Achronot, October 16, 2012). Full critiques (in Hebrew) could be read here

 


 
Season 2012-2013 is now online!

August 15, 2012

We are happy to announce Claire's exciting new 2012-2013 season. Season includes debuts at the Estonian National Opera as Cleopatra (Handel), concerts with Estonia Symphony Orchestra, Bremer Philharmoniker and role debuts as Pamina (Mozart) and Rosina (Rossini) in Israel. She returns to the Berliner Symphoniker, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Israel Kibbutz Orchestra as well as the Eilat Chamber Music Festival with "The Infernal Comedy" alongside John Malkovich, among others. For full dates and venues please visit our Schedule page!

 
Gala Concert for Marc Lavry Heritage Foundation

June 14, 2012

The Marc Lavry Heritage Foundation invites the public to join celebrities, VIPs and musicians in special evening of the musical heritage of Marc Lavry, the forefather of Israeli music. Claire Meghnagi performs in this exciting event upon special invitation by the composer's daughter, harpist Efrat Lavry. She will sing arias from Lavry's Song of Songs (1940), as well as Israeli art songs Hora (1950) and Boa Dodi (1949). Marc Lavry’s musical style is lyrical and communicative. In incorporating the folk tunes and rhythms of the country he is considered one of the national composers of Israeli music.

The concert is broadcast live by the Israeli Broadcasting Authority, June 17, 20.30. http://www.marclavry.org/gala/

 
Euridice at the Israeli Opera
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May 12, 2012

 

Claire returns to the Israeli opera, making her debut is the role of Euriduce in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, in new and exciting production by Mariusz Trelinski. Claire performs alongside counter tenor Alon Harari making his main stage debut, in an all-Israeli cast conducted by David Stern. Her Euridice already received critical acclaim at the Israeli media - "It is difficult to describe in words the beauty and quality of her voice... enough to say that even her most simple recitative get volume and presence beyond comprehension..." (tav-et.com). More performances this week at May 16, 18, 20, 21

 
Claire Meghnagi in special interviews for Israeli "Yediot Aharonot" and "The Primary Source"
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March 17, 2012

For her upcoming performance at the Eilat Chamber Music Festival, singing first soprano in Mozart's Great Mass in C minor, at the festival's closing Gala, Claire was interviewed for several Israeli major newspapers.

The Gala Concert, conducted by Andres Mustonen, is broadcast live tonight by the Israeli Classical Radio station IBA.

 

Download Interview (in Hebrew)

 
Sensational debut as Cleopatra at the Finnish National Opera
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January 21, 2012

Claire has just made her debut as Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Finnish National Opera's first baroque production in 15 years. For her opening night's performance Claire received outstanding critical acclaim by numerous International and National critics - Seen and Heard International wrote: "Superb... a beautiful voice, with enough power to carry even in a rather large hall, and her coloratura technique is fabulous… Israeli soprano Claire Meghnagi, is a marvellous actress as well", while Finland's Amfionwrote her "dazzled and cunning, sexually self-assured of Cleopatra, a glowing light, precise soprano reigned supreme sky lightly", and Helsinki's Sanomat called her  "Gorgeous and Kittenish". All reviews are coming soon on our Press page.

 
Debut at the Berlin Philharmonie

November 12, 2011

Claire will make her Debut performance at the prestigious Philharmonie hall in Berlin, singing Mahler 4th symphony with the Berliner Symphoniker conducted by Lior Shambadal. More info and tickets here.

 
On Tour with John Malkovich

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Claire is much exited to be performing in Michael Sturminger's innovative productionThe Infernal Comedy – Confessions of a serial killer starring John Malkovich as Jack Unterweger, alongside soprano Sophie Klussmann and Musica Angelica baroque orchestra conducted by Martin Haselboeck. The production is now touring the USA in such venues as Boston, Ann Arbor and Santa Barbara. Read more here. Special interview for YNET – Israeli news online – can be read here.

 
New CD Recording – Lieder by Mahler, Chausson and Oded Zehavi

September 14, 2011

Claire is busy these days recoding a special CD featuring her favorite lieder by Mahler, Chausson and Israeli composer Oded Zehavi, accompanied by pianist Irina Friedland. The CD will also include arrangements for traditional Israeli songs with chamber ensemble by Zehavi. The program will be performed on a special recital at the Tel Aviv Museum of Arts, in October 11, 2011.

 
Special Interview for Una Voce Poco Fa

August 29, 2011

Claire has recently been interviewed by the Mexican opera reviewer Mr. Ramon Jacques, for his opera website Una Voce Poco Fa. In this interview she speaks about the opera scene in Israel, her "dream roles", being a traveling opera singer and a mom, special stage moments and inspiration.  This very special interview can be read online here.

 
Gramophone UK writes about The Venetian Masque

June 10, 2011

Editor of the prestigious Gramphone UK magazine, Mr. James Inverne, writes on the June Issue about the 6th Eilat Chamber Music Festival:

"Best of all, the Jewish festival of Purim was marked by an unusual celebration – a Venetian masque. A loose yet lovely narrative structure based around different kinds of love traversed traditional Venetian songs and works... a spirit of off-kilter fun pervaded the show, with humor... soprano Claire Meghnagi (dark, focused tone) found repose, languor, and reflection aplenty... top honours... to Avi Avital's supple, thrusting mandolin-playing..."

 
New DVD!

April 20, 2011

We are happy to announce that the France 3 documentary film, Baroque Academie was just released as DVD. The film, by Priscilla Pizzato and Martin Blanchard, portrays the exceptional adventure of the 2007 Jardin des Voix tour. The aim of Jardin des Voix, a prestigious academy set up by the great conductor William Christie, is to reveal the talent of young singers thanks to a tour of the world's major concert halls.

In 2007, ten young people, between 21 and 29 years of age, were able to enjoy this unique experience alongside the master of baroque music. Soprano Claire Meghnagi was one of those ten young singers, had been chosen among over 200 candidates from all over the world.