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Opera in the Galleries
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A series of 8 concerts. Space is limited.
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A unique collaboration
Join this wandering concert and experience the unique collaboration between the Israeli Opera and the Israel Museum. These evenings of art and music truly give the audience the opportunity to experience, through the senses, the harmony between the visual and musical arts. 

Soloists of the Israeli Opera will wander with instrumental accompaniment through a few choice galleries, passing by masterpieces of some of the greatest artists while singing arias, duets and ensembles inspired by the art on the walls and the historic periods of those pieces. 
The inspiration
This joining of forces reflects the natural connection between the worlds of music and visual art. Henri Matisse, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and one of the inspirations of these concerts, said: “I sat across from a beautiful and breathtaking view and I just kept wondering how I could make my colors sing without giving any consideration towards laws or limitations.”

The painter Vassily Kandinsky, whose works also influence the music in these unique concerts, aspired to merge the two disciplines. He attributed different “personalities” to different colors, each of which communicate through unique voices they produce. He even tried to copy the gait of musical pieces in his paintings, the results being the abstract artworks full of color and intensity which have come to symbolize Kandinsky’s art. 


About the program
These concerts will take place in the Color Gone Wild, Modernism in Dialogue, Pop Art and Modern Israeli Art galleries. The musical pieces will echo the feel of each space, connecting to the different historical and conceptual ideas, moving between opera, international popular music, songs from musicals and Israeli classics.

The concert will begin in the Color Gone Wild exhibition with the first aria from the opera Tosca by Puccini followed by an aria from Carmen by Bizet.

In the Pop Art gallery which exhibits, among other works, pieces by Andy Warhol, listen to American pop music from the 20th century, the Beatles and other songs in the spirit of pop.

From there you’ll take a step back in time to the European art and music of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century when visual artists were crossing boundaries while composers were sticking with the old styles, even once many of them emigrated to the United States – for example, Gian Carlo Menotti and Kurt Weill.

And for dessert, stroll to the gallery of Modern Israeli Art where you will hear a wide range of Israeli and Hebrew songs, some well known, some less so, some older, some newer. 

This concert series is taking place on November 24, 25, 27 and 28 with two performances every evening, one at 7:00 pm and the other at 9:15 pm.

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