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  • Sakuntala at Teatro Grattacielo, Nov 19, 2013
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    Israel Gursky, a rising young conductor, has been praised by the Washington Post for his "superb debut" with the Washington National Opera in 2007, leading performances of Don Giovanni.

    This season, Maestro Gursky made his Lincoln Center Debut with Montemezzi's La Nave, and returned to Opera Birmingham for Madama Butterfly and Die Zauberflöte. This summer he returns to PORTopera for La Bohème, and in November he conducts Alfano's rarely heard opera Sakuntala for Teatro Grattacielo in New York City.... (More)

    Recent Engagements

    • La Bohème, PORTopera, July 24, 26, 28, 2013
    • Die Zauberflöte, Opera Birmingham, March 15, 17, 2013
    • Madama Butterfly, Opera Birmingham, Jan 25, 27, 2013
    • La Nave, Teatro Grattacielo, Oct 29, 2012
    • Concert with Plácido Domingo, Beijing, China, June 14, 2012
    • Così fan tutte, Manhattan School of Music, Dec 7, 9, 11, 2011
    • Il Postino, Festival Internacional Cervantino, Oct 13, 16, 2011 at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City; Oct 27, 29, 2011 at Teatro Juárez in Guanajuato
    • Tosca, Washington National Opera, Sept 16, 18, 20, 2011
    • Les Contes d'Hoffmann at Wolf Trap Opera, August 5, 7, 11, 13, 2011
    • Don Pasquale, Washington National Opera, May 16, 24, 27, 2011

    Reviews

    "There was a great deal of of spark from chorus and orchestra alike. Conductor Israel Gursky took the opening measures of the overture at warp speed, sending a fun jolt through the house...the net effect of Gursky's propulsive but eloquently contoured and rubato-sensitive approach to the score yielded consistently persuasive results." -- Tim Smith, Opera News

    "A gifted young conductor whose quiet command drew lush, beautiful sounds from the pit. Tempos were brisk, and lines were shaped exquisitely..." -- Opera News

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