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NIR KABARETTI HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY
Southwest Florida Symphony introduces new Maestro.
Maestro Kabaretti was chosen through a painstaking process that included charging a selection committee with poring over the resumes and audition videos of more than 150 candidates (...) The Southwest Florida Symphony feels strongly that the organization will benefit from Maestro Kabaretti’s international and regional orchestra experience, forward-thinking and strong artistic leadership.(read more)
Florida Weekly, May 21th 2014

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DON QUIXOTE AT THE OPERA HOUSE IN ROME

Il Don Chisciotte in punta di piedi
Occorre essere grati al Teatro dell’Opera che ha chiamato un vero concertatore e direttore d’orchestra, il bravissimo Nir Kabaretti. Il quale è anche un ragazzo di travolgente simpatia che nei Valzer si libra a ritmo nell’aria.
Paolo Isotta, Corriere della Sera, December 27, 2012
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RACMANINOV PIANO CONCERTO N.2 WITH ANDRE WATTS AND THE SANTA BARBARA SYMPHONY

The Santa Barbara Symphony at the Granada Theatre
Maestro Kabaretti demonstrated an excellent knack for matching the orchestra’s tonality to that of the piano, and Watts played with ease and panache.(read more)
Charles Donelan, Independent, October 22, 2012
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BLOCH'S CONCERTO GROSSO WITH THE SANTA BARBARA SYMPHONY
The S.B. Symphony at the Granada Theatre
Kabaretti did an excellent job of knitting together the disparate sections of this 24-minute piece into a coherent whole, and the overall effect was one of mastery and calm. Big and beautiful, but never scary or outrageous, the Bloch composition served to center the entire afternoon on the values of the classical tradition.(read more)
Charles Donelan, Independent, January 25th 2012
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NUTCRAKER AT OPERA IN ROME

Opera di Roma: Lo Schiaccianoci 
Il Maestro Nir Kabaretti ha diretto, in modo elegante e attento allo svolgimento della scena, l’orchestra del teatro regalando al pubblico, che lo ha calorosamente applaudito, un suono vibrante e ricco di sfumature proprio della musica di Čajkovskij. (read more)
Sabrina Lucido, GBOpera, January 6th 2012

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CONCERT WITH THE BOCHUMER SYMPHONIKER

BoSy hautnah: Expressive Musik gerät zum Kraftakt
Nir Kabaretti leitet di Bochumer Symphoniker wie aus die Ärmel geschüttelt. Beethovens Leonoren - Ouvertüre  Nr. 3 war präzise, punktgenau und immer nach vorne drängend. Ein so ausgezeichneter Dirigent kann der schlechten Akustik der Kammerspiele einige Vorzuge abtrotzen. So setz er eine Fanfare hinter das Publikum. Wirkungsvoll.  Tschaikowskys  Ouvertüre – Phantasie Romeo und Julia“ entlockt Kabaretti  Straichermelodien, so süß wie Sahne. Sehr gut ausbalancierte Bläsersätze, sowie ein virtuoses Orchester fuhrte Kabaretti mit großer Souveranität. (read more)
Nina Schröder, WAZ Bochum, February 11, 2011


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ROLAND PETIT'S CARMEN AND ARLESIENNE

Trionfa a Bari il genio di Roland Petit con un sorprendente Alessandro Riga
La parte musicale è stata impeccabilmente eseguita dall’Orchestra della Fondazione Petruzzelli, diretta dal maestro israeliano Nir Kabaretti, che ha garantito un ottimo equilibrio fra resa espressiva della partitura ed esigenze del palcoscenico. (read more
Enzo Garofalo, www.cannibali.it, January 8, 2011

In scena la danza delle passioni nel segno di Petit
E tuttavia non si può non sottolineare quanto e come al successo della serata abbia contribuito l’apporto della “base” musicale, curata dal direttore d’orchestra Nir Kabaretti, reputato “specialista” in materia di opere e balletti. La musica – presentata con salda ed efficace tenuta ritmica dall’orchestra del teatro – ha coronato l’azione coreografica. (read more
Nicola Sbisà, La Gazzetta di Bari, January 8, 2011

Grande serata di danza con l'Abbagnato, i suoi straordinari amici e l'eccellente corpo di ballo dell'Opera di Roma. 
A guidare poi con rara musicalità e raffinata precisione (nel rapporto spesso delicato tra buca e palcoscenico) l'ottima orchestra della Fondazione Petruzzelli, c'era il maestro Nir Kabaretti.
Alessandro Romanelli, L’Orecchio di Dioniso, January 7, 2011

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BEETHOVEN'S NINTH

To The Ninth Degree - It was an entirely heartening experience to hear Maestro Nir Kabaretti mashal an impressive performance of the Ninth, giving off the feeling of the composer's majestic life affirmative expression and also, in the present historical moment, a defiant answer to cultural doomsday thinking.
Josef Woodward - Santa Barbara News Press, October 19, 2010

 


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MAHLER'S SYMPHONY N° 5
The Santa Barbara Symphony Performs Mahler’s 5th - Mr. Kabaretti’s orchestral forces were in even crisper form by the time of the joyous and celebratory finale, heaping buoyant energies and 16th-note traffic upon thematic bluster. By this point, late in the Symphony’s game, the music sounds like the musical equivalent of a hopeful toast for a happy marriage, fittingly enough (...) The value of his hard work was evident in this rendition, as Kabaretti made the bones of the piece evident in each of its five movements. (read more)

Charles Donelan - Independent, May 17, 2010

 

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BEETHOVEN’S GALA WI
TH LANG LANG

Ying Yang and Lang Lang - Helmed by Music and Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti, the orchestra was in superb form. Soloist was the twenty-seven year old Chinese pianistic wonder, Lang Lang. (...)” “ conducting the entire program from memory, maestro Kabaretti emerged in svelte Nehru jacket to conduct Coriolan with an élan that speaks to his confidence in the emerging virtuosity of the Santa Barbara Symphony under his tutelage these past three seasons. The orchestra played with comfortable and comforting poise. Ensemble balances seemed particularly focused and the dynamic contrasts the orchestra achieved were more than gratifying — exhilarating. (read more)
Daniel Kepl - Santa Barbara News Press, 08/10/2009


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BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY N° 3 “EROICA”
Nir Kabaretti’s Influence Shines Through - The level to which Kabaretti has brought the group in its performances of such canonical symphonies, as well as the intelligent and challenging programming of the smaller ensembles, both bode well for the future of this now young and vibrant orchestra. (read more)
Charles Donelan - Independent, 02/24/2009


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HAYDN’S PAUKEN MESSE
Mellow Clash of Titans - Santa Barbara Symphony conductor Nir Kabaretti has already fashioned an extraordinarily personal watermark on the orchestra’s sound palate in his three seasons as Music and Artistic Director (...) The artistic stamp that Mr. Kabaretti has brought to the orchestra during his tenure is silken: the ensemble playing, sectional balances and color are elegant and refined.
Daniel Kepl - News-Press correspondent, 11/10/2009


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TCHAIKOVSKY’S SYMPHONY N° 5

Here, Maestro Kabaretti brought us something clearer and yet more complex than one usually encounters in performances of Tchaikovsky's symphonic works. Instead of the usual fireworks, we heard huge forces at work, at times in conflict, at others at peace, but always governed by the power of an intelligent mind. When the music stopped, the audience gave out an astonished "Oooh!" They got it!
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James Hanley Donelan – Indipendent, 10/21/2009


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CARMEN
New as well was the conductor, Nir Kabaretti, who also is music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. The Israeli native, who lives in Florence, Italy, galvanized the orchestra in a performance that brought out appropriate bravado in the “Toreador” song and the “March of the Toreadors,” while finessing the seductive rhythms of “Habanera” and “Seguidilla” and the gentle sweetness of romance that pulls against the sweep of Carmen’s hold on the fatally smitten corporal, Don Jose. (read more)
Rita Moran - Vcstar.com, 03/10/2009


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MAHLER’S SYMPHONY No 1
Nir Kabaretti has an affinity for the music of Gustav Mahler. He is alive to its huge range of emotions, to its grandiloquence and its intimacies, and he is able to tame its large and sometimes unruly structure. Mr. Kabaretti has a fine feel for the score, and in his hands the First Symphony emerged a cogent whole, well- shaped and well- paced. He captured lots of the music's tang.
George Gelles - Santa Barbara News Press, 10/28/2008

 

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DIE FLEDERMAUS
Le plaisir vient aussi de la fosse, où Nir Kabaretti, au diapason de la mise en scéne, imprime finesse et verve à la partition.” Claudio Poloni - The Classical Music Network (Suisse), January 2008


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DIE FLEDERMAUS
“Les abituelles qualités de précision, de finesse et de souplesse de l’orchestre sont au rendez vous. stimulées par le chef Nir Kabaretti, elles ont réellement magnifiè la partition de Johann Strass fils, d’une efficacité décidement diabolique, et transforment chaque scène en folles retrouvalles mélodique."
(read more) M. Chenal- 24 Heures (Suisse), January 2008



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BRAHMS’S SYMPHONY No 2
Kabaretti, un director impecable (...) con un Brahms estupendo conquistò definitivamente a una audiencia que se habìa mostrado remisa a las efusiones, la segunda sinfonia di Brahms sonò expresiva, intensa, precisa y atrapante. Concentrado y vital Kabaretti, que dirigiò todo el programa de memoria, eliminò cualquier chance de alguna lectura inercial, sin permittir que, ni por asomo, la orquesta funcionara con alguna suerte de piloto automàtico” (read more)
Pablo Kohan - La Nacion (Argentina), 11/22/2006



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MANON LESCAUT
Israeli conductor Nir Kabaretti seemed to be the only one who understood real Puccini style. Music with drama in it's vains. ... The Rishon Le Zion orchestra played wonderfully with a rich, full sound ... pay attention to this Kabaretti, as a conductor, he will go far." Hanoch Ron - Yedioth Ahronoth (Israel), February 2006


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The enormously talented 25-years-old Nir Kabaretti at its helm, gave us a magnificent insight into the mysterious twilight zone of the disintegrating Romanticism. Kabaretti must be hailed not only for his excellent performance and rich romantic sound he elicited from the orchestra, but also for choosing these illuminating pieces. The Jerusalem Post, 01/05/1993



Nir Kabaretti and John Robinson interview with Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider on News Talk  KTMS AM October 2010


 

The Santa Barbara Symphony's Final Performance at the Arlington - Santa Barbara Independent 5/15/2008

 


 

A Touch of Serendipity - Interview with the Jerusalem Post, April 10, 2005


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