Israeli born mezzo-soprano Hadar Halevy sprang to international attention at the 2002 Wexford Festival as Bianca in Mercadante’s Il Giuramento and has since been heard internationally at theaters including the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semper Oper Dresden, Hamburg State Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels, the Frankfurt Opera, Cologne Opera and many others.
Following her great success in Wexford, Hadar Halevy has made impressive debuts throughout the world beginning at the Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse as Olga in Eugene Onegin. She subsequently debuted at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Laura in La Gioconda. Halevy made her New York City Opera debut as Carmen and then her Italian debut at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa as Malcolm in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago under Alberto Zedda. Following her debut in Palermo as Carmen, Halevy debuted at the Pesaro Festival as Edoardo in Mathilde de Shabran. She sang her first Arsace in Rossini’s Semiramide at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and made her debut with the Frankfurt Opera in the title role of Handel’s Ariodante. She also returned to Genoa as Adalgisa in Norma and then made her debut at the Semper Oper in Dresden as Carmen. In the autumn of 2005 Halevy made her debut with the Hamburg State Opera in her first performances of the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and added Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri to her repertoire in Dresden. Later in that season she returned to Hamburg as Carmen and also sang this role for her debut at the Teatro Regio in Turin. Halevy made her debut in Bari as Charlotte in Werther opposite Marcelo Alvarez in February of 2006. She also appeared in Tel Aviv in Giulio Cesare.
Recent engagements include a return to the Semper Oper Dresden as Carmen, performances at the Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma also in Carmen, opposite Marcelo Alvarez. Ms. Halevy sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at the Casals Festival conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Carmen at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she also sang Gala Rossini Concerts under Maestro Zedda. She performed at the Staatstheater Nurnberg in Orfeo, at the Rossini Opera Festival in Stabat Mater, returned to the Semper Oper in Giulio Cesare and sang Samson et Dalila for Opera de Montpellier. In the summer of 2011 she was heard at the Flemish Opera in Semiramide. In the 2011/2012 season she performed Samson et Dalia in Greece with the Thessaloniki Organization. She proceeded to perform the title role of Carmen in Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Tancredi.
In the fall of 2006 Halevy made her debut with the San Francisco Opera in Carmen. She subsequently made her debut in the same role at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich performed Carmen with the Orange festival on Tour in Shanghai. Halevy debuted in Amsterdam as Calbo in Radio Vara’s concert performance of Rossini’s Maometto II and in Lisbon as Dalila. In the fall of 2007 Halevy made her debut in Bucharest as Carmen opposite Jose Cura. After a debut at the Cologne Opera in Giulio Cesare, Halevy returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Malcolm in concert performances of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago under Alberto Zedda, followed in February 2008 by her debut in Giulio Cesare under Rene Jacobs at the Theatre de La Monnaie in Brussels.
Hadar Halevy completed her musical studies at the Tel Aviv University and at the Juilliard School in New York. A winner of numerous international vocal competitions including first prize in the Concours International du Chant de la Ville de Toulouse, she began her career at the New Israeli Opera in roles including Carmen, Charlotte in Werther, Idamante in Idomeneo, Giulietta and Nicklausse in Les contes d’Hoffmann and the title role of Offenbach’s La belle Helene. In concert she has sung with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta. She has also appeared at other European theaters including The Opera National de Paris, the Chatelet in Paris, L’Opera de Marseille, Bergen Opera Festival and L’Opera d’Avignon. She made her North American debut with the New York Philharmonic in Seltzer’s Lament to Yitzhak under the baton of Kurt Masur followed by her US stage debut in the title role of Offenbach’s La belle Helene at the Portland Opera in 2001.
Other roles in her developing repertoire include the title role in Orfeo ed Euridice, the title role in Rossini’s Tancredi, and Leonor in La Favorite.