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 and her upcoming productions include: Idomeneo at Wolf Trap Opera, Yardbird with Atlanta Opera, 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 premier of Home of my Ancestors by Nkeiru Okoye and Anita Gonzalez for HGOco.
Previous productions include: 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, and she is thrilled to join the faculty at 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.
“a directorial triumph… director Ben Seadia’s subtle sense of humor, her clever sight and sound gags, and unerring staging easily raised the bar a notch or two”
- Casa Magazine
“Omer Ben Seadia leads her cast with a full command of the style that infuses the spirit of Donizetti’s masterpiece”
- Seen and heard international
“Roméo et Juliette that was astonishing in its intimacy, immediacy, and Gallic flavor… Direction by Omer Ben Seadia was as creative as it could be”
- Voce di Meche
Two-time winner of the “Best of Cincinnati Award” for her productions of innovative staging of Don Carlos and The Saint John’s Passion.