Maxim Reider
Maxim Reider

Women in Love and Revenge

“Is there anything sweeter than love?” – “Sure there is: the revenge!” as goes the aria “Lamento della donna sedotta e abbandonata” (Lamentations of a seduced and abandoned woman) by an anonymous Italian early 18th century composer. Revenge to the treacherous lover, who dared to abandon the best girl ever.

“Women in Love and Revenge” – this will be the theme of the upcoming concert of the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, which takes place May 9th in Tel Aviv and May 11th in Jerusalem. The concert program is based on vocal pieces from the Baroque period and includes also orchestral music.
Young Israeli soprano singer Shaked Bar stars the evening. There are quite a few well trained singers around who are blessed with a beautiful vocal instrument and received a good professional training. Lesser are those who are able to reach their listeners’ hearts. And this is what makes Bar different.
A Jerusalem Music Academy grad, Shaked Bar continued to Venice, where she studied for a year with Sherman Lowe, a much sought after voice teacher.

“Sherman’s is an individual approach. He set me free, teaching to use full energy of my voice, to learn my body and to rely on it. He entered all possible details, never leaving a single stone unturned. I dedicated that year entirely to learning, hoping to become a better singer.”

She later appeared in Festival della Valle d’Itria, Italy, singing Nerone in Incoronazione di Poppea, by Monteverdi, and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan’ tutte. “There, I worked with Italian maestro Fabio Luisi, the principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera – this was a thrilling experience.” She later became a prize winner of an important vocal contest in London.

Shaked Bar is currently based in Berlin and appears throughout Europe, planning to relocate to New York next year.

The concert program, created by the artistic director of the JBO David Shemer features arias by Henry Purcell, Claudio Monteverdi and Pietro Locatelli as well as one of a very few pieces by women composers, which have reached us – cantata Judith, by French composer Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre.

“This is a program with a spirit of a woman written all over it,” says Shaked Bar. “Arias are mostly dedicated to love and revenge, while the cantata Judith is different – it is based on the Biblical story of Judith and Holofernes, yet again, the central character is a woman that emerges as a winner due to her feminine power.”

The concerts take place 9.5.2017 at Israeli Conservatory in Tel Aviv and at YMCA International in Jerusalem 11.5.2017. The concerts start at 8:00 PM.
For reservations contact the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra online booking office (Hebrew) or call (02) 6715888

The photo of Shaked Bar by Different VIEW photography

About the Author
Maxim Reider is a trilingual Israeli journalist, translator and photographer. Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, he has been making Tel Aviv his home since 1989. Author Photo by Ernest Aranov.