Composer Opera Role
G. Bizet Carmen Frasquita
G. F. Handel Alcina Morgana
Giulio Cesare in Egitto Cleopatra
E. Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Gretel
L. Janáček Jenufa Karolka
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
Don Giovanni Zerlina
La clemenza di Tito Servilia
A. Salieri La scuola de’ gelosi Countess Bandiera
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 joins the ensemble of the Hessian State Theater at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. With her upcoming productions in Wiesbaden, she will show off her versatility in operatic roles ranging from Handel (Morgana in Alcina) to Janáček (Karolka in Jenufa). She is 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. In 2019, she will be a member of the opera studio at the Bregenz Festival, where she is cast in a leading operatic role.

The Israeli singer already 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.


December 14, 2018

Sooyeon Lee Dazzles Audience as Lucia in Oldenburg

This past weekend, soprano Sooyeon Lee debuted as Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with great success!
A review from Host Hollmann from the Nordwest Zeitung writes:
“The soprano soulfully plays with the notes. She holds the tension of the music in the less featured lower register, her captivating legato shines in her middle register, and her upper register is round and gentle. Her voice is compelling and enchanting.”
Orchestra conducted by Vito Cristofaro, Stage Direction by Stephen Lawless
Lee can be heard in additional performances […]

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