28 Nov

Omer Ben Seadia, director

Festival Artists

Israeli Director Omer Ben Seadia has quickly established herself as one of the fresh new voices in opera to watch. After working for the Israeli Opera for over a decade, Ms. Ben Seadia moved to the United States in 2012 to begin her international directing career. In this time, she quickly established herself as a rising talent. With a varied repertoire spanning from theater to opera, and from classic to modern repertoire, her work is continuously committed to telling human stories that are socially conscious. Her upcoming productions include: a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at Cincinnati Opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Colorado, Utah Opera’s short opera project (dramaturge and director), and Faust at Opera San Antonio (associate).

Ms. Ben Seadia’s is known for her extensive work both in classic operatic repertoire as well as the development of new works of significance. Her previous productions include: Elektra at the Canadian Opera Company (associate director), Idomeneo at Wolf Trap Opera, Yardbird with Atlanta Opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Philadelphia Orchestra, La Bohème at Opera Santa Barbara, a double bill of Tom Cipullo’s Josephine and After Life at Opera Colorado, and well as developing the world premiere of Home of my Ancestors by Nkeiru Okoye and Anita Gonzalez for HGOco, the world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me by Gerald Cohen and Deborah Brevoort at Opera Colorado, a revival of John Caird’s production of Tosca at Houston Grand Opera, the 2017 Apprentice Scenes Program at Santa Fe Opera, Faust at Tulsa Opera, L’italiana in Algeri as well as a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire at Opera Santa Barbara, Considering Matthew Shepard – a fusion oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson – in collaboration with Cincinnati Opera and the Vocal Arts Ensemble, Pursuing the Dream and Let’s Cook up an Opera at Cincinnati Opera, Surviving the Amazing Opera Race at Dayton Opera, L’elisir d’amore at Naples Opera, a double bill of Der Kaiser von Atlantis/ Brundibár with Cincinnati Chamber Opera as part of the Theresienstadt Opera Project, the 2016 Schwabacher Concert at the Merola Opera Program, Don Pasquale, Le Docteur Miracle, Saint John’s Passion, and Don Carlos at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Così fan tutte at the University of Michigan, Roméo et Juliette at the International Vocal Arts Institute led by Joan Dornemann, The Sound of Music at Crested Butte Music Festival, The Coffee Cantata with Barrocade Orchestra, and The Golden Vanity with the Cincinnati Boychoir.

Ms. Ben Seadia is deeply committed to the development and training of young artists; she has been on staff for the Studio and Young Artist Vocal Academy (YAVA) at Houston Grand Opera, the Merola Opera Program, the International Vocal Arts Institute, as well as the Aspen Music Festival in 2018.

Ms. Ben Seadia grew up in the theater and fell in love with opera when she experienced her first acting role at the age of 15. Since this time, she has flourished in both theater and opera, and she completed the prestigious opera directing program at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2014. Ben Seadia was named the 2014 Apprentice Stage Director at the Merola Opera Program, where she directed the Merola Grand Finale on the main stage of the San Francisco Opera.