Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod
After winning first prize at the 2013 Hilde Zadek Competition in Vienna, American-Israeli soprano Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod was invited to join the Junges Ensemble of the Theater an der Wien where she is performing the roles of Tamiri (Semiramide), Clorinda (La Cenerentola) and Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) during the 2013/14 season and where she gave a solo recital in March this year. She has also appeared in the role of Bubikopf in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis with the Klangforum Wien directed by Markus Kupferblum. Her repertoire includes Thaïs, Marfa (The Tsar’s Bride) and Micaëla (Carmen) which she performed with the Brooklyn Orchestra in New York, Bubikopf (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) at the Opera Moderne in New York, La Princesse and La Chauve-souris in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges with the Buchmann-Mehta Orchestra in Israel, Despina (Così fan tutte), Belinda and Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), First Boy (Die Zauberflöte) and Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Tel Aviv Music Academy and the Abu-Gosh Festival in Israel. She made her debut at the Carnegie Hall in an opera gala in 2010, followed by her European debut at the Aix-en Provence Festival the following year. She has received prizes and awards from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Paul Ben-Haim Competition, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Ronen Foundation, International Vocal Arts Institute and the Tel Aviv Music Academy. She has competed a postgraduate degree in opera at the Conservatory of Music of the City University of New York.
Current as of April 2014