Ettinger, Dan

Israeli. Born 1971 in Holon, Israel. Baritone, pianist and conductor, an accomplished pianist, accompanist and coach, and was a faculty member of the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv University. A recent press release revealed: “Dan began his piano studies at the age of six. He graduated from Thelma Yellin High School, and served in the IDF’s special program for excellent musicians. In 1993, he won first prize in the Francois Shapira Competition as a baritone singer (1993) and performed with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. He participated for several years in the summer academy courses of IVAI – Israel Vocal Arts Institute. During 1995-1998 Dan sang in various roles at the New Israeli Opera and was also a faculty member at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University. During that time he began to focus more on conducting, and started his meteoric progress in that field. In 1999, Dan was appointed Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor at the New Israeli Opera; and since shortly thereafter, has served as the Opera’s Conductor in Residence. His engagements there included Don Pasquale, L’Italiana in Algieri, Don Giovanni, Magic Flute, Norma, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Tosca, La Belle Helen, Nabucco, Eugene Onegin and Aida. In 2002-2003 Dan was nominated Chief Guest Conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he leads the orchestra regularly in various symphonic and liturgical programs as conductor and soloist, playing and conducting Mozart & Haydn concerti from the piano. A major development occurred in 2003, when Dan was invited by Maestro Daniel Barenboim to join the Staatsoper “Unter den Linden,” Berlin, as a Kapellmeister and Assistant to the GMD. During the 2003-2004 season, he performed works such as Turandot, L’Elisir d’Amore, Nozze di Figaro, La Traviata, and La Bohème. As of 2005-6 Mo. Ettinger is the new Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Israel Symphony Orchestra (Rishon Le’Zion). In addition, his constant busy engagements include invitations to conduct Tosca at the Opera North, Leeds (UK), Falstaff at the Tokyo New National Theater, as well as Cosi fan Tutte in March 2005. In Jan.-Feb. 2005 Mo. Ettinger made his successful US debut conducting Aida at the Los Angeles Opera, by special invitation from Placido Domingo. Additional future engagements include the Hamburg Opera, the Washington National Opera, and the Deutsche Kammer Orchestra, among others.”