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The Lyrica Ensemble

The 'Lyrica' ensemble

Musical Director and Conductor: Nili Harpaz

Lyrica is a female vocal ensemble operating under the auspices of the Petah Tikva Municipality. It was founded in 1992 by Mawstro Nili Harpaz.

The ensemble performs a very varied repertoire, from opera to pop, from liturgical works to film soundtracks, and contemporary Israeli works.

Its members undergo individualized voice training in the Bel Canto tradition. The ensemble frequently collaborates with the Italian Cultural Center and the Italian Embassy in Israel.

Since its first performance in 1992 the ensemble has appeared at many concerts, accompanied by prominent Israeli orchestras, as well as performing premieres of Israeli works by Zippi Fleischer, Benjamin Yossipov and Nili Harpaz. In addition, the ensemble holds open evenings for the general public at Beit Shapira in Petah Tikva.

 

Nili Harpaz – conductor, singer and composer

Born in Israel, she emigrated to Italy at an early age, where she studied singing under Mario del Monaco and Giulietta Simionato. Harpaz studied composition, conducting and orchestration for wind instruments, and was named "Maestro" at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome. Her first performances at the Opera in Rome were in Rigoletto and Cavaleria Rusticana, and she went on to perform as mezzo-soprano in many concerts throughout Italy. Nili Harpaz was the first woman to conduct at the RAI auditorium in Rome, with the Santa Cecilia Chamber Orchestra. Subsequently she conducted the MAB Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungary), Sto-Mara (Romania), the North Bay Chamber Orchestra (Canada), the 'Philharmonici' of Rome and the Antonio Vivaldi Academy, in a symphonic repertoire – classical and romantic, the regional orchestra of Lazio (Italy), and the 'Lyrica' operatic ensemble. Her appearances have been widely acclaimed among the public and the critics alike.

She represented Italy as a singer at the International Festival in Malta, and as composer in a collaborative project for composers and choreographers at the University of Surrey (London).

In Israel she founded the Vocal Department at the Municipal Conservatory in Petah Tikva, as well as the 'Lyrica' operatic ensemble, which counted among its prominent members: Keren Hadar and Efrat Ashkenaz. She conducted the youth orchestra of the Petah Tikva Municipality Conservatory on a concert tour in Italy and throughout Israel.

In addition, she produces original arrangements for choirs and orchestras.