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Rona Israel

Born in London, she grew up in Tel-Aviv where she started her musical education. She received her Postgraduate degree from the Royal College of Music, studying with Graziella Sciutti and Robert Sutherland Later furthering her studies with the eminent kammersaengerin Christa Ludwig and the renowned Esther Salaman–Hamburger. Her Konzertexamen degree was obtained from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, where she studied with Prof. Claudia Eder. During her studies she has won the German Lieder Prize of the Royal College of music, the Elizabeth Schumann German Lieder Prize and an Annie Eisler-Lehmann scholarship which supported her Studies in Germany. She was awarded Wiesbaden’s Wagner Society prize and was prizewinner of the Erika Koeth international singing competition.

Since her Debut as Morgana in Handel's Alcina in the year 2000, Rona Israel-Kolatt has performed on Operatic stages throughout Germany performing many operatic roles including: Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberfloete) Michaela (Carmen), Rosina (La Vera Costanza), Morgana (Alcina), and Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito). She played the role of Mother Earth in the Anthakarana film Production of Handel’s 'Nine German Arias’ a project of the English National Opera. As stage director, she has staged operas for the Abu-Gosh Festival, the Caesarea Rekanati festival as well as touring productions of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Her version of the Magic Flute, Pamina on the grass, has won critical acclaim. This year she will direct Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Levinsky college of Education.

Ms.Israel-Kolatt has performed major concert repertoire with leading Orchestras such as the Philharmonic Orchestras of Israel and Rheinlandpfalz, the Symphonic orchestras of Frankfurt, Brandenburg, Jerusalem and Haifa and the chamber orchestras of Hamburg, Mainz and Nethania-Kibutzim. She was invited to perform in renowned festivals such as Britten-Pears, Kfar-Bloom, the Haydn festival In Eisenstadt, Schloss Rheinsberg Opera festival, Abu-Gosh Early Music and the Israel Festival collaborating with renowned musicians such as Julius Drake, Jonathan Zack Avi Avital, Dan Ettinger, Michael Hofstteter, Stefan Sanderling and many others. She was also invited to take part in a commissioned Production of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival together with the Pellegrini quartet and Ensemble 13 in commemoration of Arnold Schoenberg's Todestag. As an ardent performer of contemporary music, Rona Israel-Kolatt premiered pieces written for her voice by herself, Dalit Warshaw, Gal Schuster, Alona Epshtein, Renato Rivolta, Eyal Batt, Hagar Kadima and Rachel Galinne. She performed the world premiere of the renowned composer Josef Bardanashvili with the Israel Camerata, Jerusalem. Several CD recordings of her performances have seen light in labels such as IMI and Vienna Modern Masters. She also records extensively for Radio and TV channels in Israel and Germany. Ms. Israel-Kolatt Is the director of the IMVAJ international summer course for singers which takes place every summer. She is a sought after vocal arts teacher in Israel and abroad, teaching at the Levnisky Academy and Jerusalem Music Centre. She is also working working towards a Doctoral thesis in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.