The Royal Opera House “Covent Garden” in London brings “Madama Butterfly” to Israeli theaters on Thursday evening March 30th – at Cinema City Gelilot, Jerusalem and Rishon Lezion.


Conductor Sir Antonio Pappano is leading a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s famous play Madama Butterfly, with some of the finest singers led by the critically acclaimed Ermonela Jaho.


On Sunday night, March 12th, the movie “A Date for Mad Mary” was screened at Cinematheque Tel Aviv, opening Irish Film Week. The movie is one of five different films that will be played in Tel-Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.




The Israel Opera’s current production of Faust by Charles Gounod is an amalgam of grand opera and ballet that combines the best of both artistic worlds. The superb performances by vocalists and dancers alike take place against the backdrop of stunning scenery, whose staging employs high-tech hydraulics.

In this four-hour production of the opera in five acts -- a co-production of the Israel Opera with Teatro Regio Torino and Opera de Lausanne -- the choreography -- by visiting director Stefano Poda -- practically steals the show. The writhing, sensual movements of the souls in Hell are rendered all the more unforgettable by the near-total nudity of the lithe terpsichoreans.

Indeed, at the premiere performance of Faust on March 6, the audience’s enthusiastic ovations for the dancers rivaled those that regaled the singers. The dancers also received named credits in the program playbill.

The Opera Orchestra -- the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion -- conducted by Dan Ettinger, was in fine form in an augmented capacity, with two harpists and complete woodwind and percussion sections.  

The role of Faust was sung by tenor Gaston Rivera, while that of Mephistopholes was sung by bass Paolo Battaglia. Soprano Aurelia Florian excelled as Marguerite, and the breeches role of Marguerite’s suitor -- and Faust’s rival -- Siebel was sung by mezzo soprano Na’ama Goldmann.

The roles of all five major protagonists alternate each evening during the course of this stunning production, which runs through March 25.  


Conductor                                                                         Dan Ettinger

                                                                                           Ethan Schmeisser

Director, Designer and Choreographer                     Stefano Poda

Among the soloists:

Faust                                                                              Gaston Rivero

                                                                                        Rame Lahaj

Mephistopheles                                                       Paolo Battaglia

                                                                                    Petar Naydenov

Marguerite                                                              Aurelia Florian

                                                                                  Tamar Iveri

Siebel                                                                      Na’ama Goldman

                                                                                  Shahar Lavi

Valentin                                                                 Serban Vasile

                                                                                 Ilya Silchukov

Wagner                                                                 Noah Brieger

Martha                                                                   Edit Zamir

                                                                               Shay Bloch

The Israeli Opera Chorus

Chorus Master: Ethan Schmeisser

The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion

Sung in French

English and Hebrew Surtitles

Translation: Israel Ouval

Duration: Three hours & 15 minutes

Co-production with Teatro Regio di Torino and Opera de Lausanne

Tickets Price

PREMIÈRE  210, 280, 345, 420, 470 NIS

SUN-FRI    190, 252, 319, 388, 438 NIS

SAT   207, 269, 334, 404, 453 NIS

The New Israeli Opera

Shaul Hamelekh Boulevard 19, Tel Aviv

Tel. (03) 692-7777




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Purim, one of Judaism's more colorful and popular holidays, is celebrated this year between sunset Saturday, 11 March, and sunset Sunday, 12 March, in most of Israel – excluding Jerusalem where Purim will be celebrated from sunset on Sunday, 12 March, until sunset on Monday, 13 March (see below). Purim is not a public holiday in Israel, but many offices, shops, and public institutions will operate on a reduced basis. Schools will be closed, but public transportation will operate as usual, and newspapers will be published.




Director: Petr Zelenka, Czech Republic, 2008, Czech with Hebrew subtitles, 100 min

9.3. at 21h | Cinematheque Tel Aviv, followed by Q&A with the actress Lenka Krobotova (Grushenka)
20.3. at 21:30h | 
Cinematheque Jerusalem

For the tickets contact your Cinematheque.A theatre company from Prague arrives in Cracow to present a stage adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov at the city’s alternative drama festival. The production is to be staged in an unusual venue – the local steelworks. During rehearsals, the drama on stage spills over into real life, behind the scenes and front of house... In both his chosen theme and form, director Petr Zelenka has come up with an exceptional piece, oscillating between fiction and documentary and centred on the successful stage production presented by Prague’s Dejvice Theatre.

Petr Zelenka (b. 1967, Prague) is one of the Czech Republic’s most highly regarded screenwriters and directors. He studied scriptwriting and dramaturgy at FAMU (1991) and then worked as a script editor at Barrandov film studios. He wrote the script for the short Allenesque piece Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex but Were Afraid to Experience (1999, dir. Jan Hřebejk) and for the box-office hit comedy Loners (2000, dir. David Ondříček). In 1993 he directed the fictional feature-length documentary Padlock (Visací zámek 1982-2007), which he followed with the similarly conceived Mňága – Happy End (1996). He then made his award-winning feature debut Buttoners (1997 – Czech Lion for Best Czech Film, among others), Year of the Devil (2002 — Crystal Globe at the KVIFF) and an adaptation of his own stage play which won the prestigious Alfréd Radok prize, Wrong Side Up (2005).


Director:  Petr Zelenka
Screenplay: Petr Zelenka based on the novel The Brothers Karamazov by F.M. Dostoyevski and stage adaptation by Evald Schorm
Director of Photography: Alexander Šurkala
Music: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Editor: Vladimír Barák
Cast: Ivan Trojan, Igor Chmela, Martin Myšička, David Novotný, Lenka Krobotová, Michaela Badinková