Symphony Concert N° 9

Omer Meir Wellber Conductor
Steven Isserlis Violoncello
Camilla Tilling Sopran
Katija Dragojevic Mezzosopran
Luis Gomes Tenor
Milan Siljanov Bass
Dresdner Kammerchor

Henryk Górecki

  • »Amen« für gemischten Chor a cappella op. 35

Joseph Haydn

  • Cello Concerto No. 1 Hob. VIIb:2
  • »Missa in angustiis« d-Moll Hob. XXII:11 »Nelson-Messe«

Haydn secular and spiritual

In 2019 the traditional Palm Sunday Concert will once again be conducted by Omer Meir Wellber, who this season assumes the post of principal guest conductor of the Saxon State Opera in Dresden. The focus is on two works by Joseph Haydn, composed when he was music director to the Esterházy family: The popular Cello Concerto in D major, interpreted by Steven Isserlis, and the »Missa in angustiis« in D minor, which owes its epithet »Nelson Mass« to Napoleon’s British adversary, Admiral Nelson.


Expected concert duration including an interval: 95 minutes

A concert introduction is given 45 minutes before the start of the performance in the opera cellar.


  • 14.04.2019
    20:00 Uhr
  • 15.04.2019
    20:00 Uhr

Omer Meir Wellber

Omer Meir Wellber has established himself as one of today’s leading conductors of operatic and orchestral repertoire alike. In September 2018 he begins his tenure as Principal Conductor at the Semperoper Dresden. In July 2019 he will take up the position of Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and from January 2020 the position of Music Director of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He has directed some of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, RAI Torino and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. His combination of energy and clarity and his ability to evoke nuanced detail from an orchestra have made him a regular guest conductor at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, La Fenice in Venice, and the Israeli Opera.

In season 2018/19 Omer Meir Wellber gives his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Bizet’s Carmen in October 2018 and shortly before at the Lucerne Festival with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

For the first time he stands at the rostrum of NDR

Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and conducts concerts with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, among others at the Bachfest Leipzig in June 2019. As Principal Guest Conductor of the Semperoper Dresden he not only conducts the new production of Verdi’s Nabucco in May 2019, but also revival performances of Don Giovanni, Tannhäuser, Der Rosenkavalier and a symphonic concert with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Omer Meir Wellber served as the Music Director at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia from 2010 to 2014, leading both orchestral and operatic performances.

From 2008 to 2010, he assisted Daniel Barenboim at both the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, whose ensemble he led in a critically-hailed performance of Verdi’s Aida at the Israeli Opera.

2016, he led the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra during its residency at the Dresdner Music Festival. Since 2009, he has been the Music Director of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, founded in 1991 to assist Jewish immigrants with their integration in Israel.

Dresdner Kammerchor

Principal Conductor: Hans-Christoph Rademann

The Dresden Chamber Choir is one of Germany’s top choirs, famed for its unique sound, which displays great intensity of tone and vocal clarity. The choir’s brilliant reputation is confirmed by numerous radio and CD recordings as well as its collaborative work with leading orchestras and conductors. Hans-Christoph Rademann, one of the most highly esteemed choral directors at work today, developed the choir over the years

from its foundation in 1985 into a professional ensemble, which has enjoyed enormous success in concert trips through Europe and the USA, as well as to South Africa, India and China. The Dresden Chamber Choir has received many awards and accolades for its interpretations of the romantic and contemporary choral repertoire, including the Patronage Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation.