Ethan Schmeisser

Ethan Schmeisser


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«“The opera orchestra, conducted by Ethan Schmeisser, was powerful and highly expressive… Conductor Ethan Schmeisser led the fine opera orchestra with full control.”»
Opera news (2017)
«“Ethan Schmeisser…led the production with a firm yet flexible hand and produced a wonderful sound from the orchestra, choir and soloists”»
omer shomrony "Globes" (2017)
«“The conductor, Ethan Schmeisser…He moved the entire evening intensively, with a very firm hand, through keeping all dynamic continuum. The Israeli Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion was responsive in an almost sensual manner”»
(Yon Feder, (2017)
2017Gounod: FaustConductor
2017Handel: Giulio Cesare In EgittoConductor
2017Mozart: Cosi Fan TutteConductor


Schmeisser EthanConductor, Pianist and Vocal Coach Ethan Schmeisser was born in Israel. He graduated cum laude from the conducting program at the Tel Aviv Music Academy and completed his second degree under the guidance of the late Mendi Rodan. 
Mr. Schmeisser has the most extensive knowledge and experience in opera after fulfilling a variety of positions at the Israeli Opera Tel Aviv. He is the Head of Music and the Chorus Master and acting conductor in residence of the Israeli Opera. He is the music director, conductor and pianist for many Israeli Opera programs. He has received the AICF scholarships and participated as an assisitant conductor in Bel Canto Festival in Holland 2003. He has conducted the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva, the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra IBA and other orchestras and ensembles in Israel. Under his direction in the last five seasons the Israeli Opera choir has achieved international critical acclaim.
He has played as a harpsichordist and pianist for productions of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, the New Israeli Vocal Ensemble, the Ramat Gan Chamber Choir and others. As a harpsichordist has played the recitatives in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Roberto Abbado and Cosi fan tutte (Mozart) with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem and in productions with conductors such as Yoel Levi, Pietro Rizzo and David Stern. He has collaborated as pianist with maestri such as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Gary Bertini, Daniel Oren and others.  He has founded the Bononcini Ensemble and Venice female voice ensemble with whom he performed in many concerts. At the Israeli Opera he conducted the world premieres of Flying Lessons (Ella Milch Sheriff) in a joint production with Cameri Theatre, "Lady and the Peddler" by Haim Permont and "Schitz" by Yoni Rechter. He Premiered also Ballet and dance works as "Madama Butterfly" after Puccini's opera arranged by John Longstaff for the Israeli Ballet Company with choreography by Marianna Ryzhkina (Bolshoi Ballet) and Itzik Galili's "Man of the Hour" with music by Haendel, Bononcini and Purcell. He has devised and conducted the family touring production of Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) which he arranged for piano and wind quintet.
At the Israeli Opera he conducted the following Operas:
Faust (2017)
Lucia Di Lammeromoor (2017)
Les pêcheurs de perles (2016)
La Cenerentola (2016)
La Rondine (2015)
The Lady and the Peddler / Schitz (2015)
L'elisir d'amore (2015)
Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2014)
Rigoletto (2014)
Mozart Requiem (2014) 
Un ballo in maschera (2014)
The Turn of the Screw (2013)
Die Zauberflöte community production (2013-2016)
Orfeo ed Euridice (2012) 
Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (2012)
La Cenerentola Community Production (2011,2012)
Die Zauberflöte (2011) 
and with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra IBA:
Hansel und Gretel (2011)
Don Giovanni (2015)

Future engagements include:
Giulio Cesare in Egitto - Acco Opera Festival with the Israeli Camerata Orchestra. Stage dir.: Tomer Zvulun (August 2017)
Cosi Fan Tutte - Haifa Symphony Orchestra. Stage dir.: Shirit Lee-Weiss (October 2017)
Dido and Aeneas - Israeli Opera with Barrocade Ensemble. Production by Cecil Roussat & Julien Lubeck (May 2018)

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Jump-in ready? Company Year
Gounod: Faust Israeli Opera 2017
Handel: Giulio Cesare In Egitto Israeli Opera - Acco Opera Festival 2017
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte New Haifa Symphony Orchestra 2017