Composer Opera Role
G. Bizet Carmen Frasquita, Micaëla
B. Britten Peter Grimes 2. Nichte
G. F. Handel Alcina Morgana
Giulio Cesare in Egitto Cleopatra
E. Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Gretel
L. Janáček Jenufa Karolka
E. Kálmán Gräfin Maria Lisa
F. Lehár Die Lustige Witwe Valencienne
J. Massenet Manon Poussette
E. Milch-Sheriff Conversation with a Stone The Girl
C. Monteverdi L’Orfeo Euridice
W. A. Mozart Bastien und Bastienne Bastienne
Die Zauberflöte Papagena, Pamina
Don Giovanni Zerlina
La clemenza di Tito Servilia
A. Salieri La scuola de’ gelosi Countess Bandiera
R. Strauss Elektra 5. Magd
J. Tal Else Else
G. P. Telemann Orpheus Queen Orasia
G. Verdi Un ballo in maschera Oscar
P. I. Tchaikovsky Yevgeny Onegin Tatiana



Shira Patchornik

Israeli soprano Shira Patchornik is the 1st Prize and Audience Prize winner of the 13th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera «Pietro Antonio Cesti» of August 2021, as well as winning the Prize of the Vienna Konzerthaus and Melk Festival.  Furthermore, the young soprano won 1st Prize at the 2021 Corneille Competition in France, and was invited to perform with Radio France in a broadcasted concert in January 2022.   Other debuts this season include the Teatro Reggio di Torino as Anna Frank in the one-woman show by Grigory Frid, her debut with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in performances of Handel's Solomon at the Concertgebouw and at the New Israeli Opera as Susanna (role and house debut) in a new production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.  Shira will also debut this summer at the Zmoijno Festival in the Czech Republic with Haydn's Tobias, and will also debut at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik in Pallavicini's L'amazzone corsara.  Other upcoming debuts include at the Opera National de Paris in future seasons.

In 2019-2020 Shira returned to the Hessian State Theater to debut the roles of Musetta (La Bohéme), Lisa (Gräfin Mariza), and Shira (Das verschwundene Lied), and successfully made her debut as Flora in Britten's Turn of the Screw at Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy. In summer 2021 she returned to the Bregenz Festival to debut as Contessa Ceprano on the Seebühne in a production of Rigoletto, and debuted in concert with the Vienna Symphony as the soprano soloist in Haydn's Creation under the baton of Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Shira made her Bregenz Festival debut in summer 2019 singing Tatjana in an opera studio production of Eugene Onegin, and returned to the Hessian State Theater Wiesbaden where she held a contract as an ensemble member. Her roles in 2019/20 included Lisa (Gräfin Maria), Micaëla (Carmen), Poussette (Manon), Papagena (Zauberflöte für Kinder), Niece 2 (Peter Grimes), Pamina and Papagena (Zauberflöte) and Fifth Maid (Elektra). She made her house debut at Staatstheater Heidelberg as Valencienne (Die lustige Witwe) in October 2019 and was scheduled to return to the Bregenz Festival as Contessa Ceprano in Rigoletto on the mainstage in summer 2020. Shira also made her debut at Deutsche Oper am Rhein jumping in as Morgana in Handel's Alcina in February.

The Israeli singer joined the ensemble of the Hessian State Theater at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. In her first year in Wiesbaden, she showed off her versatility in operatic roles ranging from Handel (Morgana in Alcina) to Janáček (Karolka in Jenufa). She was also cast as Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, and in three Mozart roles: Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Papagena in The Magic Flute, and Servilia in La clemenza di Tito.

The up-and-coming artist previously made her house debut at the Hessian State Theater in 2017, when she sang the role of Poussette in Massenet’s Manon. She has also previously appeared with several other European opera companies, most notably at the Leipzig Opera, where she sang the leading role of Euridice in Au Revoir, Euridice (excepts from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and vocal works by Ligeti) with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Christian Hornef. In 2017, she sang Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen at the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, and also made her Vienna stage debut as Countess Bandiera in a Vienna Kammeroper production of Salieri’s La scuola de’ gelosi. Last but not least, she has undertaken the lead roles in two contemporary chamber operas, Else and Conversation with a Stone, respectively written by the Israeli composers Josef Tal and Ella Milch-Sheriff, in a 2016 production staged at the Music Academy in Cologne and the Old Synagogue in Wroclaw.

Shira Patchornik was born in 1994 and began singing at an early age. As a member of a girls’ choir in Tel Aviv, she appeared in many productions at the Israeli Opera and developed a taste for the big stage. Her first solo appearances, likewise at the Israeli Opera, followed when she was a teenager, with the children’s parts in The Cunning Little Vixen and Tosca, as well as Flora in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.

The young soprano pursued performance studies at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv and postgraduate vocal training at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig. Her appearances in conservatoire productions included Telemann and Humperdinck operas in Tel Aviv, and the role of Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Leipzig. In 2017, she enjoyed success in three different international competitions: as a finalist at the Albert Lortzing Competition in Leipzig, a prizewinner at the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Competition, and a finalist and recipient of the Jürgen E. Schmidt Prize at the Otto Edelmann Singing Competition in Vienna.


June 24, 2023

Shira Patchornik reprises her role as Sara in Haydn’s Il ritorno di Tobia

Israeli soprano returns to sing Sara in Haydn’s first oratorio with the Czech Ensemble Baroque under the baton of Roman Válek and staging by Tomáš Ondřej Pilař.

May 27, 2023

Shira Patchornik sings at the Barocktage Stift Melk

The soprano sings a baroque concert titled “Und meine Seele spricht” with the Ensemble Suono d’Oro, directed by Dorothea Seel.

February 25, 2023

Shira Patchornik debuts at Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe

Our wonderful soprano Shira Patchornik successfully debuted at the Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe in a Festkonzert with the Deutsche Händel-Solisten, conducted by Andreas Spering.

She’ll be returning to the festival with an interesting opera project next season. Stay tuned!

February 21, 2023

Shira Patchornik sings Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the Concertgebouw

The talented soprano sings Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater together with Maarten Engeltjes and PRJCT Amstedam. They will also record a CD with Pentatone which will be Shira’s first album release.

A second concert takes place on the 3rd of March in Arnhem.

February 2, 2023

Shira Patchornik debuts with La Cetra Barockorchester Basel and sings Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein

The Israeli soprano jumps in tonight as Arianna in the concert performance of Vivaldi’s Il Giustino with La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, under the musical direction of Andrea Marcon.

She learned the leading lady part in less than a week while also successfully singing Susanna on the opening night of Le nozze di Figaro at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

December 10, 2022

Shira Patchornik sings Messiah at the Wiener Konzerthaus

The great Israeli soprano Shira Patchornik is singing the soprano part of Händel’s Messiah with the Barruco Ensemble, conducted by Heinz Ferlesch, at the Wiener Konzerthaus tonight.

July 29, 2022

Shira Patchornik debuts as Sara in the first scenic performance of Joseph Haydn’s oratorio Il ritorno di Tobia

The young Israeli soprano made her debut at the Znojmo Music Festival in the Czech Republic under the baton of Roman Válek. The production was directed by Tomáš Ondřej Pilař.

December 21, 2021

Soprano Shira Patchornik wins the 1st Prize, Audience Prize at the 12th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera “Pietro Antonio Cesti”

Israeli soprano Shira Patchornik has walked away with 4 prizes at the most recent Antonio Cesti Competition for Baroque Opera in Innsbruck. In addition to securing the 1st Prize and Audience Prize, Shira was also awarded the Prize of the Vienna Konzerthaus and Prize of the Internationalen Barocktage Stift Melk in Austria! Watch here for her performance in the final:

G.F. Händel Se pieta di me non senti (Giulio Cesare)

C.Pallavicino Mio cor […]

August 11, 2019

Shira Patchornik and Aytaj Shikhalizada debut as Tatjana and Olga at the Bregenzer Festspiele

Soprano Shira Patchornik and Mezzo Aytaj Shikhalizada make their debuts as sisters Tatjana and Olga at the Bregenzer Festspiele in Tchaikovsky’s classic Eugene Onegin. The premiere is tomorrow evening August 12th at 19:30. Toi toi toi ladies!

Conducted by: Valentin Uryupin

Stage Direction by: Jan Eßinger

Additional Performances: 13., 15., and 17., of August