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

Soprano Shira Patchornik returns to the Hessian State Theater this season to debut the roles of Musetta (La Bohéme), Lisa (Gräfin Mariza), and Shira (Das verschwundene Lied). The young soprano will debut as Marzelline in a production of Fidelio and successfully made her debut as Flora in Britten's Turn of the Screw at Opéra National de Lorraine à Nancy. In summer 2021 she will return to the Bregenzer Festspiele to debut as Contessa Ceprano on the Seebühne in a production of Rigoletto.

Patchornik 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.


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

April 30, 2019

Shira Patchornik debuts as Servilia in Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito at Staatstheater Wiesbaden

Soprano Shira Patchornik will make her role debut singing Servilia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden May 1st at 19:30. Toi Toi Toi Shira!
Conducted by Konrad Junghänel, Stage Direction by Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Additional Performances on May 5th, June 10th, 22, and 27th

September 13, 2018

Soprano Shira Patchornik debuts at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden as Zerlina!

Young Israeli lyric soprano Shira Patchornik made her debut this month in Wiesbaden as Zerlina, and will also be heard as Oscar.  She has just begun her first ensemble contact at the house.  Performance dates thru December 2018:  Don Giovanni (Zerlina):  14.9, 25.10 Magic Flute (Papagena) 23.9, 25.11  Alcina (Morgana):  30.9, 5, 19 ,25, 28. October, 3.,9 Nov Jenufa (Karolka) 11.29 Premiere – 6, 12, 15, 20, 28 December