Tom Ben Ishai | תום בן ישי

Singer - Soprano | זמרת - סופרן

Born in Haifa, Israel

Tom is a graduate of the Dunie Weizmann Conservatory in Singing (Noa Bizansky) and Piano (Irit Aloni). She was a member of The Bat Shir Choir, the representative choir of the Haifa Symphonic Orchestra, during the years 2004-2014. Tom served in the IDF as an outstanding Musician. Graduate of the class of Marina Levitt and Zvi Zemel in the Jerusalem Music Academy, 2016.

Tom is supported by the Ronen Foundation, Ely Leon Foundaion, America – Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship, and the Haifa culture Fund scholarship. In March 2016, Tom took third prize at the Paul Ben Haim Competition. Tom took third prize at the Art Song Competition in Memory of Ada Brodsky, held at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in January 2015 and February 2016. She also was a finalist of the IMVAI TLV international program.

Lately she participated in the role of Sirena in the opera “La Liberzione di Ruggiero dall’Isola D’Alcina” by Caccini, Gasparo in the opera “The Pirates” by Storace, Serpetta in the opera “La Finta Giardiniera” by Mozart, Constance in the opera “Dialogues des Carmelites” by Poulenc, the role of Rose in the opera “la jolie parfumeuse” by Offenbach, the role of Tito in the opera “Guilio Sabino” by Sarti and more

Her concert repertoire includes a lot of contemporary music, such as Pierrot Lunaire by Schonberg (Meitar ensemle for contemporary music), Tema by Helmut Lacetnmann (The Israeli Contemporary Players), “......” by Haas (Cecilia Ensemble) and others. Tom is a part of a running production of “Itamar Pogesh Arnav”, a contemporary israeli opera composed by Yoni Rechter. Furthermore, she sang the solo parts of J.S. and C.F.E Bach Magnifiact (Jerusalem Baroque Orechestra), Mozart Messe in C minor (Tivon Choir), V. Williams Messe (the Israeli Vocal Ensemble) and more.

Tom is currently a member of the Meitar Opera Studio at the Israeli opera house, Tel Aviv. Also, she is a member of Cecilia Ensemble and the New Israeli Vocal Ensemble. She is also a graduate of “Tedarim” project for contemporary music.

My relationship to Ronen Foundation

The connection with the Ronen Foundation is, without a doubt, the most special connection that I have ever experienced. Ronen Foundation is a foundation that gives each artist a unique place of his own. Each of our personal stories is being heard. We are more than faces and voices on stage- we are the human beings that we are, with our ambitions, disappointments, and fears that we have. Yaffa Israeli, the extraordinary woman that is the persona behind the foundation, knows every artist personally. We all get to know her story as well, what makes us feel like one big family.

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