Yasmine Levi-Ellentuck  
New England Encouragement Award, 2010  

Israeli-born Yasmine Levi-Ellentuck, who sings the title role in Madama Butterfly with The Jerusalem Opera this season, began the 2014-2015 season as Amelia in a concert version of Un ballo in Maschera with the Jerusalem Symphony in Herzliya. Next the soprano appeared as the Countess Almaviva with Jerusalem Opera and sang recitals in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In April Yasmine returned to Opera in Williamsburg (VA) as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. Back in Israel, she sang the Dvorak “Stabat Mater” in Tel Aviv and the Verdi “Requiem” in Herzliya. Highlights of the preceding season included the world premiere of The Symposium, an opera based on Plato, by Ron Weidberg, with the 21 Century Ensemble in Tel Aviv, scenes from Tosca and Cavalleria Rusticana with the Jerusalem Symphony, and Leonora in Il Trovatore in Williamsburg.


While completing her Bachelor’s degree at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Yasmine won first prize in the Concerto Competition, earning the opportunity to live in Germany and study at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe for six months. She also won the first prize in the Academy’s Mozart competition. Upon graduating, Yasmine became a member of the Israeli Opera's Opera Studio, where her repertoire included The First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, the Mother in Hansel und Gretel, and Tatiana in Eugene Onegin. The soprano also sang in main stage productions with the Israeli Opera as Annina in La traviata and Suor Osmina in Suor Angelica. Yasmine then moved to New York to pursue her Masters in Opera at the Brooklyn College Music Conservatory. She appeared there as Giorgetta in Il tabarro, The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen, the Countess in Il nozze di Figaro, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Currently based in Berlin, in 2013 Yasmine made her European debut with Deutsche Opera Berlin, singing the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte.

Yasmine is a 2014 grant winner of the Lucia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and a 2013 Second Prize winner at the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. Earlier awards include a Gerda Lissner Third Prize in 2011, a Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Encouragement Award in 2011, and a Giulio Gari Foundation Grant in 2010. She was a Semi-Finalist in the 2009 Montserrat Caballe International Singing Competition in Zaragoza, Spain and the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna. Yasmine received the International Vocal Arts Institute (NY) Excellence Scholarship in 2008 and 2009 and scholarships from New York’s Ronen Foundation (2009), the America Israel Cultural Foundation, the Israeli Vocal Arts Institute, the Buchman-Hayman Foundation and the Baden-Württemberg Stipend.



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