Shiri Magar | שירי הרשקוביץ מג'ר
Singer - Soprano | זמרת - סופרן
Israeli soprano Shiri Magar is praised for her "moving coloratura and radiant heights" by the Online Musik Magazine for her performance in the "Festival della Valle d'Itria" as La Contessa in the opera Don Chisciotte della Mancia (Paisiello). In March 2020 Shiri made her debut at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège as Lisa in a new production of La Sonnambula (Bellini)
Shiri made her debut at the Salzburger Landestheater, singing the main role of Lisetta in La gazzetta (Rossini) in March 2019. During that season, Shiri also sang the main role of Cytheris the widow in the operette Die Klassische Witwe (Offenbach), and the role of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel(Humperdinck) in Israel.
In the 2017/2018 season, Shiri returned to the Israeli Opera to debut the roles of Musetta in La Bohème (Puccini), Second woman in Dido and Aneas (Purcell), and Frasquita in Carmen (Bizet). She also sang the role of Norina in Don Pasquale (Donizetti) with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2016/2017 season Shiri made her Austrian debut at Oper Graz, jumping in to sing the role of Lisette in La Rondine (Puccini). Then she returned to Puglia, Italy to perform the role of La Contessa in the revival of Don Chisciotte della Mancia (Paisiello)..
She debuted the main role of Lisetta in the opera La gazzetta (Rossini) – a collaboration of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie – Liège, and the Israeli Opera.
Shiri toured Europe singing the title role in Armida (Haydn) with Purpur - A European Opera Sound, and appeared as Violetta in La traviata (Verdi) as part of the summer festival "Flagstaff in Fidenza" in Italy. Together with the harpist Tomina Parvanova, Shiri performed a recital at the prestigious "Balabanov's House Music Days International Festival" in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Shiri Magar appeared on the stage of the New Israeli Opera as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera (Verdi) conducted by M. Daniele Callegari, Norina in Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) conducted by M. Omer Welber, Yvette in La Rondine (Puccini) under the baton of M. Frédéric Chaslin, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Puccini), Contessa Ceprano in Rigoletto (Verdi), Xenia in Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky), Pamina in a community production of Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Annina in La traviata (Verdi) in the Masada Opera Festival conducted by M. Daniel Oren, Musetta in La Bohème (Puccini), Frasquita in Carmen (Bizet), and Violetta in La traviata (Verdi) with the Symphony Orchestra of Ashdod.
In the 2011-2013 seasons Shiri was a member of the Meitar Opera Studio of the Israeli Opera.
Shiri was a finalist in the Spring Competition of the American-Israel Cultural Foundation, won the Exceptionally Outstanding Musician award from the Israeli Government, and was placed second in Boston's Classical Singer Magazine Competition. She is a recipient of prizes and awards from Grabov, Shrem, Besser, Berkovich, Eli Leon, Ronen Foundation, Buchman-Heyman, Eva Landesberg, the International Vocal Arts Institute, and the Boston Conservatory.
Shiri Magar graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor and Master's degrees from the Boston Conservatory, studying with Dr. Rebecca Folsom. During her studies she performed the roles of Yvette in La rondine (Puccini), Atalanta in Serse (Händel), the second witch in Dido and Aneas (Purcell) and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini). She served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as an Outstanding Musician. Shiri Magar is on a quest to SPREAD GOODNESS while SINGING with her vlog “GoodDeeds Diva”.
My relationship to Ronen Foundation
A few years ago Yaffa and I had a wonderful lunch together. On our way to the car, Yaffa filled out a lottery ticket and gave it to me. After a few days this ticket won! Its worth was 400ILS.
I was excited to call Yaffa with the lovely news. Yaffa, with her huge golden heart, told me: “Take your husband and have a festive dinner - indulge yourselves”. This is Yaffa! She won’t miss any event, whether it’s my wedding or a performance in Israel and even abroad. She is always there with her big smile, her pure generosity, always with the kindest words rooting and cheering for us. Ronen Foundation is a family that Yaffa nurtures under her big soft loving wings. I am proud, honored, and very happy to be part of this unique family.