Since her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Aspasia in Mozart’s Mitridate, rè di Ponto (conducted by Marc Minkowski, directed by Günter Krämer), the young soprano Netta Or has become internationally established as a specialist in dramatic coloratura roles.
From 2003 to 2009 she was a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and since then, has made her debuts at such houses as the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Essen and Leipzig Operas, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris. As a freelance artist, Netta Or is a regular guest at many prestigious early music festivals, including Schwetzingen, Karlsruhe, Göttingen, Ludwigsburg, Innsbruck and Herne.
She has worked with such renowned conductors as Daniele Callegari, Attilio Cremonesi, Ottavio Dantone, John Fiore, Diego Fasolis, Reinhard Goebel, Sascha Goetzel, Thomas Hengelbrock, Michael Hofstetter, Alexander Joel, Jun Märkl, Marc Minkowski, Stefan Soltesz, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, Jean- Christophe Spinosi and Bruno Weil.
Highlights of recent seasons have included concerts with Ottavio Dantone and the Accademia Bizantina, Jean-Christophe Spinosi and the Ensemble Matheus, Diego Fasolis and I Barocchisti, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Milan Cathedral, Fiordiligi in St. Gallen, Donna Anna at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, the Klosterneuburg Summer Festival and recently again in St. Gallen, Fulvia in Handel’s Ezio at the Schwetzingen Festival, where she returned to in 2014 with Hasse’s “Leucippo) (dir.: Gürbaca, cond.: Junghänel), Clotilda in Handel’s Faramondo during a tour under Diego Fasolis with Philippe Jaroussky and other artists, Die Fledermaus at the Opéra national du Rhin, and, in the role of Rosalinde, at the Landestheater Salzburg.
After her successes as Fiordilgi and Donna Anna in St. Gallen and at the festival of Klosterneuburg new important genre roles such as Alcina and Contessa, later Violetta Valéry now follow (“. . . Netta Or does justice to every note, with flawlessly controlled lines . . ., she enthrals listeners, thrills them, moves them to tears . . .”) and another visit to the world of the Baroque at the Mannheim Mozart Week (“Soprano Netta Or displayed her brilliant musical and interpretive artistry . . . She revealed a fresh, fruity sounding voice with a rich, luminous core and sang with sparkling clarity up to the highest register. Netta Or put focussed suppleness into the lyrical ariosos and intensified the soaring ascending passages with sparkling brilliance and virtuoso attacks in the coloraturas.”)
In 2012/13 Netta Or celebrated multiple house debuts in leading roles of her repertoire: Konstanze at the Wiener Volksoper, Alcina at the Staatstheater Stuttgart in the well renowned production of Wieler/ Morabito, which constituted a milestone in her career. Since her debut at the Staatsoper Hannover the part of the Contessa di Foleville in Rossini’s “Il viaggio a Reims” can also be included in the young soprano’s large repertoire.
After revisiting the role of Konstanze in a new production of Mozart’s “Entführung aus den Serail” at the Theater St. Gallen, where Netta Or has become a regular guest, as well as Rosalinde at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, this season Netta Or added another main character of the baroque to her repertoire: Armida in Handel’s “Rinaldo” at the opera Bonn, where she later faced the challenge of embodying all four women in Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffmann” with great success: Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella. Future engagements will promote the further growth of Ms. Or`s baroque repertoire with the part of Angelica in Händel’s „Orlando“ in Aachen, then the return to the renowned Schwetzinger Festspiele in the title role of Cavalli’s opera „Veremonda“. As a strong contrast, later in the season 2015/16, Netta Or will make her debut at the famous Bayreuth Festival, where she will sing the part of the first Flowermaiden in Wagner’s „Parsifal“.
The Israeli-born artist studied voice at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne and supplemented her studies in master classes with Nelly Miricioiu, Barbara Bonney, Helena Lazarska, Kai Wessel and Kurt Moll.
In 2008 Netta Or was nominated as best promising young singer for various roles at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and in 2009 she received the Sponsorship Award in Music from the City of Düsseldorf for her “outstanding musical achievements”. Her discography includes CD releases of Demofoonte (Arts Music), Ezio (Oehms Classics), Ezio (Coviello Classics) and Mitridate, rè di Ponto on DVD (Decca).