“Donemus is courageous and committed in the way it actively promotes new music…. While some other countries have equivalent organizations, I am not aware of any that is so proactive. Donemus sets a standard that others should follow.”
(Stephen Baggaley, Brisbane)
In March 2020 the world premier stage production of Hana Ajiashvili’s opera Cut Glass will be featured at the Felicja Blumental International Music Festival in Tel Aviv…
Cut Glass – a chamber opera based on Scott Fitzgerald’s short story about the collapse of an American middle class family – was commissioned by the Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund. It had its first concert performance in April 2018 in Tel Aviv by the Meitar Ensemble conducted by Yuval Zorn to an overwhelming reception.
It became clear from the start, that this was a unique event in the Israeli contemporary music scene, and the audience as well as the press lauded Hana Ajiashvili’s unique writing style, which is both adventurous in its soundscapes, its unique use of instrumentation and of the singing voice, and at the same time warm, direct, accessible and above all: theatrical.
Following the concert, Amir Mandel (Ha’arets Magazine’s music critic) commented, that “a piece of such quality must not disappear”.
In order to give the piece the future life the Meitar Ensemble, composer Hana Ajiashvili and conductor YuvalZorn have teamed up with award winning librettist, Royce Vavrek, as well as eminent director Omer Ben Seadia, in order to revise the libretto and bring the piece to a fully staged performance.