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Asher Fisch



Biography

Championed by Daniel Barenboim, conductor Asher Fisch is a regular guest of the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. A native of Jerusalem, Mr. Fisch is currently Music Director of the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv. Until 2000 he was Music Director of the Vienna Volksoper, where he conducted the acclaimed Christina Mielitz production of “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” for the company’s 100th anniversary, as well as the Vienna premiere of Zemlinsky’s “Der Konig Kandaules.” He has also conducted frequently at the Vienna Staatsoper, including notable performances of “Parsifal,” “Tosca” and “Eugene Onegin” as well as a Mozart cycle.

In 1995 he made his American debut at the Los Angeles Opera with “Die Fliegende Hollander,” and The Wall Street Journal reported that “Asher Fisch drew overwhelming passion out of the orchestra.” He has since conducted “Madame Butterfly” with the Chicago Lyric Opera, returning the following season for Verdi’s “Macbeth.” In 2000 he made his highly acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in “The Merry Widow” and later that season conducted “Katya Kabanova” at the Houston Grand Opera.

Mr. Fisch made his United Kingdom debut in 1996 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden conducting the “Gold and Silver Gala” with Placido Domingo (released on CD by EMI Classics), and later returned to the company to lead “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” Elsewhere in Europe productions have included “Don Giovanni” at the Bayerische Staatsoper, “Tristan und Isolde” and “La Forza del Destino” at the Royal Danish Opera and “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” in Hamburg. Of “Die Zauberflote” at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Opera Magazine commented that “Fisch made one feel as if one were hearing the score for the first time…He restored the calm nobility, the magic that must have entranced the 1791 audiences so much.”

Equally at home on the orchestral stage, Asher Fisch made his debut with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival in 1999 with soloists Yo-Yo Ma and Garrick Ohlsson. In 1996 Asher Fisch conducted the Munich Philharmonic with such success that he has returned every season since. Other notable alliances include the Mozarteum Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival, the Israel Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France and Japan’s NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights of the 2001-2002 season included concerts with the New York Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Orchestre National de France, as well as a production of “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” at the Deutsche Opera in Berlin. In 2003-2003 Mr. Fisch will make his debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, the National Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra and will return to the Toronto Symphony. He will also appear with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano. In the summer of 2003 he will conduct “Parsifal” at the Seattle Opera and will return there the following summer for a production of “Lohengrin.” In 2004-2005 he will conduct a new Ring Cycle in Adelaide, Australia.

Mr. Fisch is also an accomplished pianist. He has joined Daniel Barenboim in Berlin to perform “Le Sacre du Printemps” in the version for four hands, and has directed Mozart piano concerti and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” from the keyboard with the C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra.
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