Annette Celine

2017 - 1939

Soprano, plastic artist and artistic director

Annette Celine grew in an environment abundant of culture and was enriched by studying art and music. She studied graphic arts at Parsons School of Design in New York, and with encouragement from Walter Legge, she went to study singing in Milan.

Annette was born in Luxembourg in 1939 before World War II and moved to Brazil with her parents. After a wandering journey in various countries, she immigrated to Israel and settled in Tel Aviv. Here she worked as a singer in the Israeli Opera under the management of Edis De Philippe. Annette chose the music as a way of life and performed in many of the most important music festivals in Europe and the Americas.

Annette inherited her ardent love for the arts from her late parents. Felicja was a gifted pianist, who received much praise and international recognition; Markus Mizne, a painter, was endowed with a keen eye for aesthetics. These loving parents built together a wonderful art collection, which is nowadays displayed at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, mainly thanks to their daughter, Annette.

As a soprano, Annette recorded Verdi’s opera “Luisa Miller” at the records company Daka along with Montserrat Caballé and Luciano Pavarotti. Along with her mother, she recorded all of Chopin’s songs as well as songs by other Polish composers. Thanks to her diverse repertoire, which included both known and obscure songs, she mastered eight languages, and with her gifted voice, she became a unique classical vocalist.

In 1991 after the death of her revered mother, Annette accepted the proposition by the mayor at the time, Shlomo Lahat, and took part in the reestablishment of the music center in Bialik street, by the Tel Aviv Foundation. In 1996 it was inaugurated with the name “Felicja Blumental Music Center and Library”.

Annette founded the Felicja Blumental association in 1998, in order to promote the musical activity at the center’s concert hall. Furthermore, she realized an old dream by creating an annual festival for classical music at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which marks its 20th anniversary in 2018. Annette actively encouraged young artists and musicians, and shared with them her passion for music.

Out of appreciation for her generous support and her special relations with the museum, as well as her contribution to the arts culture in Tel Aviv, the museum’s Board of Trustees granted her the title of Honorary Fellow in 1996, and in 2010 she was granted the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017 she was granted the title of “Yakir Tel Aviv”.

Annette died in Tel Aviv on 3.6.2017, her 78th birthday.