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Omer Ben Seadia

Stage Director

2023-24 Season

Israeli director Omer Ben Seadia is known for her inventive, thoughtful, and socially conscious productions. While garnering a name for herself in the classic repertoire, she has also won praise for developing and promoting new opera all over the world. Ms. Ben Seadia’s upcoming projects include Lucia di Lammermoor at Israeli Opera, Tosca at Palm Beach Opera, The Snowy Day at Portland Opera, and La bohème at Pacific Symphony.

Recent new productions include: the world premiere of The Snowy Day (Thompson, Davis Pinkney) at Houston Grand Opera, The Magic Flute at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Thumbprint (Sankaram, Yankowitz) at Portland Opera and Chautauqua Opera, Atalanta (Handel) at The Juilliard School, and Ariodante (Handel) at Curtis Institute. Other recent highlights include The Merry Widow at Calgary Opera, Tosca at Utah Opera, Carmen at Cincinnati Opera, Rigoletto at Florentine Opera, Agrippina at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Rodelinda at the Aspen School of Music and Festival, La tragèdie de Carmen at Utah Opera, Ariadne auf Naxos at Cincinnati Opera, Tosca at Hawaii Opera Theatre, Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Colorado, Elektra at Canadian Opera Company (Associate Director), Idomeneo at Wolf Trap Opera, Yardbird at Atlanta Opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors with Philadelphia Orchestra, The Golden Spike (Dramaturg and Director) at Utah Opera, La bohème at Opera Santa Barbara, a double bill of Tom Cipullo’s Josephine and After Life at Opera Colorado, the world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me (Gerald Cohen, Deborah Brevoort) at Opera Colorado, Faust at Tulsa Opera, L’italiana in Algeri at Opera Santa Barbara, and Considering Matthew Shepard – a fusion oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson in collaboration with Cincinnati Opera and the Vocal Arts Ensemble.

Ms. Ben Seadia began working extensively in the United States in 2012 after over a decade with the Israeli Opera. She grew up in the theater and fell in love with opera when she performed in her first production at the age of 15. She is deeply committed to the development and training of young artists, and has taught acting for the Houston Grand Opera Studio and Young Artist Vocal Academy (YAVA), the Ryan Opera Center (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Santa Fe Opera, the Merola Opera Program, Rice University, the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI), the Canadian Vocal Academy Institute (CVAC), the Aspen Music Festival, and the Dandelion Opera Institute.

She completed the prestigious opera directing program at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and was an Apprentice Stage Director at the Merola Opera Program. Ms. Ben Seadia is also a graduate of Seminar Ha’kibutzim, School of Performing Arts, with a degree in theater directing, as well as a teaching degree in theater education.

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