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Shiri (Hershkovitz) Magar Bizet Frasquita

*Photo by Franciois Kaplan

Shiri (Hershkovitz) Magar Lisetta Rossini

*Photo by Yossi Zwecker

Shiri (Hershkovitz) Magar Musetta Puccini

*Photo by Yossi Zwecker

Shiri (Hershkovitz) Magar Norina Donizetti

*Photo by Yossi Zwecker

Israeli - Romanian soprano Shiri (Hershkovitz) Magar is praised for her "moving coloratura and radiant heights" by the Online Musik Magazine for her performance in the "Festival della Valle d'Itria" as La Contessa in the opera Don Chisciotte della Mancia (Paisiello).

In March 2020 Shiri made her debut at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège as Lisa in a new production of La Sonnambula (Bellini) under the baton of M. Speranza Scappucci

Shiri made her debut at the Salzburger Landestheater, singing the main role of Lisetta in La gazzetta (Rossini) in March 2019. In December 2018 she performed with great success the role of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck) with Opera Camera in Tel-Aviv.


In the 2017/2018 season, Shiri returned to the Israeli Opera to debut the roles of Musetta in La Bohème (Puccini), Second woman in Dido and Aneas (Purcell), and Frasquita in Carmen (Bizet). She also sang the role of Norina in Don Pasquale (Donizetti) with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra.


In the 2016/2017 season Shiri made her Austrian debut at Oper Graz, jumping in to sing the role of  Lisette in La Rondine (Puccini). Then she returned to Puglia, Italy to perform the role of La Contessa in the revival of Don Chisciotte della Mancia (Paisiello), as part of the "Festival della Valle d'Itria".

She also debuted the main role of  Lisetta in the opera La gazzetta (Rossini) – a collaboration of the Opera Royal de Wallonie – Liège, and the Israeli Opera.


Mrs. Magar toured Europe singing the title role in Armida (Haydn) with Purpur - A European Opera Sound, and appeared as Violetta in La traviata (Verdi) as part of the summer festival "Flagstaff in Fidenza" in Italy. Together with the harpist Tomina Parvanova, Shiri performed a recital at the prestigious "Balabanov's House Music Days International Festival" in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.


Shiri (Hershkovitz) Magar appeared on the stage of the New Israeli Opera as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera (Verdi) conducted by M. Daniele Callegari, Norina in Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) conducted by M. Omer Welber, Yvette in La Rondine (Puccini) under the baton of M. Frédéric Chaslin, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Puccini), Contessa Ceprano in Rigoletto (Verdi), Xenia in Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky), Pamina in a community production of Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Annina in La traviata (Verdi) in the Masada Opera Festival conducted by M. Daniel Oren, and Violetta in La traviata (Verdi) with the Symphony Orchestra of Ashdod.


In the 2011-2013 seasons Shiri was a member of the Meitar Opera Studio of the Israeli Opera, where her repertoire included Pamina and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Sandman and Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck), Adina in L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti), Sophie in Werther (Massenet), Norina in Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Lucy in The Telephone (Menotti) and other roles.


Magar performed as a soloist with most orchestras in Israel including: the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.


She was a finalist in the Spring Competition of the American-Israel Cultural Foundation, won the Exceptionally Outstanding Musician award from the Israeli Government, and was placed second in Boston's Classical Singer Magazine Competition.  She is a recipient of prizes and awards from Grabov, Shrem, Besser, Berkovich, Eli Leon, Ronen Foundation, Buchman-Heyman, Eva Landesberg, the International Vocal Arts Institute, and the Boston Conservatory.


Shiri (Hershkovitz) Magar graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor and Master's degrees from the Boston Conservatory, studying with Dr. Rebecca Folsom. During her studies she performed the roles of Yvette in La rondine (Puccini), Atalanta in Serse (Händel), the second witch in Dido and Aneas (Purcell) and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini). She served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as an Outstanding Musician.

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