Jessica Muirhead to Headline ‘Kundry’ at Israeli Opera

By David Salazar

The Israeli Opera is set to world premiere “Kundry” on Oct. 21, 2021.

The work, which is a one-act monodrama by Avner Dorman, features a libretto by Yael Ronen that aims to establish a dialogue “between the personal life of a contemporary opera singer and the contradictory and fascinating Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’ female figure, who represents the marginalization of an eminently masculine world such as the Grail and on the other hand, the archetype of the sensual temptress.“

“Kundry” will be directed by Lotte Beer and features the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Steven Sloan. Soprano Jessica Muirhead will headline the work.

Additionally, the organization will present “A Message from Gaia,” a site-specific participatory promenade created by Anthony Heidweiller. The work was made in collaboration with the Meitar music ensemble and students of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. That performance is set for Oct. 21 – 23 all around Tel Aviv-Jaffa.