Breaking: Israel Opera replaces music director

Breaking: Israel Opera replaces music director


norman lebrecht

June 01, 2014

David Stern, New Yorker son of the violinist Isaac Stern, is to be replaced as music director of the Israel Opera after six years in the job.

From the start of next season, the music director will be the Israeli Daniel Oren.

daniel oren

Stern has not done much wrong. Nor did his predecessor, Asher Fisch, who was ousted in 2008 after ten years in the post.

No reason has been given for either switch. The only person who can give cause is Hanna Munitz, the company’s long-serving general director. And she’s staying shtum.



  • sdReader says:

    … but Daniel Oren is capable and deserves the job.

    Incidentally, the CAPTCHA can be quite hard. Sometimes not worth the battle.

  • Daphne Badger says:

    Oh God. Oren is a dreadful hack. His Carmen and Robert le Diable at Covent Garden were both abominably conducted. Poor Israel Opera….