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Ella Milch-Sheriff/Photo: Daniel Sheriff




 L I F E   T I M E   A C H I E V E M E N T   A W A R D

The Paul Ben-Haim ACUM Award for Lifetime Achievement to

composer Ella Milch-Sheriff:

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented this year (2022) to composer Ella Milch-Sheriff. Ella is one of the most significant and exciting composers in Israeli music. She composes wonderful works and does not refrain from coping with complicated and thrilling subjects.

Ella's collaboration with great poets and authors as well as her extraordinary fruitfulness led to musical masterpieces and tremendous success in Israel and around the world.

F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S

The Eternal Stranger, World premiere

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Omer meir Wellber

February 2020

Leipziger Volkszeitung

... the message: Not only a great experience of loneliness for the composer, but at the same time an appeal for humanity towards strangers and refugees... The work and biography of Ella Milch-Sheriff, daughter of two Holocaust survivors, inseparably intertwine;

The Eternal Stranger, American premiere

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Omer meir Wellber

The Boston Globe/January 6, 2023

Jeremy Eichler

 "...Compellingly conceived..." 

Classical Scene/ Julian Gau January 7, 2023

"...vibrant, moving drama of The Eternal Stranger…Let us continue to enjoy the imaginative new horizons of Milch-Sheriff..." 

The Eternal Stranger, Switzerland premiere

Tonhalle Orchester Zuerich, Omer Meir Wellber

Neue Zuercher Zeitung, January 14, 2023

"...Inspired by a dream of Beethoven...the Israeli composer deals with the uprooting of expellees and refugees in this touching piece..."

Oper Aktuel,  Kaspar Sannemann |  12.01.2023 

"… music that is immensely sensitive and beautiful and makes you curious about other works by this composer...With great compositional artistry, Ella Milch-Sheriff has managed to embed the text in the music… one listens admiringly to the intensive expressiveness of the score... 

…for over 50 years, I can hardly remember ever being so moved as I was last night in the Tonhalle Zurich."

The eternal Stranger, UK premiere 

BBC Philharmonic, Wellber, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review by Robert BealeTuesday, 8 March 2022

"...something extraordinarily powerful and moving...

If that didn’t stir emotions enough, the UK premiere of The Eternal Stranger and the Beethoven pieces was certain to do so..."

The eternal Stranger, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Hamburger Abendblatt, December 2021

"...oriental grace and a very poetic text (spoken and embodied by Eli Danker) take you on a thoughtful journey..."

"The eternal stranger"/Italian premiere

Teatro Massimo, Palermo, 4-5 July 2020

"...The eternal stranger of (directed by) Wellber is enchanting.
A hymn to the human mercy on stage..."

"The eternal stranger"/Israeli premiere

Israel Philharmonic,  Omer meir Wellber

April 2022

The Banality of Love" – Opera by Ella Milch-Sheriff

Libretto: Savyon Liebrecht. Stage Director: Itay Tiran

World premiere: 27 January 2018, Regensburg, Germany

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 1 February, 2018, Achim Heidenreich

"...Ella Milch-Sheriff has created with virtuosity, a merciless opera... uplifting and disturbing journey, often ironic, about the rift in German-Jewish relations.

...It is a virtuoso operatic evening that raises questions that are not easy to answer."

Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 28 January, 2018, Eva-Elisabeth Fischer

Ella Milch-Sheriff's superb opera about the relationship between Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger is premiered in Regensburg with great success... A Herculean undertaking which wins a grandiose success..."


October 26




Opera in 5 acts

Volksoper Wien

Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber

Libretto: Ido Ricklin

Stage director: Ruth Brauer-Kwam

Premiere: October 26th

Vienna Volksoper

"The eternal stranger" (2020)

"Der ewige Fremde"

a Monodrama for actor and orchestra

Text: Joshua Sobol

Tonhalle Orchester, Zurich

Eli Danker, actor

Omer Meir Wellber, 

Wiener Symphoniker

Konzerthaus Wien

December 30th, Silvester concert

Latest video on youtube:

"The eternal stranger"

for actor and orchestra

Eli Danker, actor

Omer Meir Wellber, conductor

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"The eternal stranger" (2020)

"Der ewige Fremde"

a Monodrama for actor and orchestra

Text: Joshua Sobol

Stockholm Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Eli Danker, actor

Omer Meir Wellber,





March 30,31


"The eternal stranger" (2020)"

Der ewige Fremde"

a Monodrama for actor and orchestra

Text: Joshua Sobol

Tonhalle Orchester, ZurichEli Danker, actor

Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber

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