Retired academic, retired from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA
in Tel Aviv
My name is Naama Zahavi-Ely and I have recently retired from teaching Biblical Hebrew and Classical Studies at the College of William and Mary in order to return to my home country, Israel.
Classical music has always been an important part of my life. I am not a musician: I am a music lover. In the last few years I was able to indulge my love of opera, both live in New York and elsewhere and in HD broadcasts. For many years I have spent my summers in Israel, and for the last six summers I have been going regularly to evening programs of the opera workshop of the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI), run by Joan Dornemann and Paul Nadler of the Metropolitan Opera. As a result, every summer I saw five or six productions of operas with outstanding up-and-coming singers, superb musicians, creative and imaginative directing, and minimal spending on sets and costumes. The results are magical, truly stunning. Opera in Williamsburg is my attempt to bring similar opera to my friends in Williamsburg, Virginia, with singers and directors that I know through the IVAI. Opera is a group effort. There are amazing opera singers who are looking for opportunities to perform, and there is a public that relishes their art. I try to be the catalyst who brings them together and enables the artists to do their magic. It is an exhilarating experience.
Explorations in Color
BY NAAMA ZAHAVI-ELY
@ VOL 3
ON NOV 10, 2012
Naama Zahavi-Ely was not aware she had an artist inside. Fortunately a friend put a brush in her hand and said, "Why don't you give it a try." Naama quickly realized she not only loved painting, but had an affinity for explorations in color.