The Israeli-born soprano, Talia Or, has lived in Germany since 1981, and first began studying violin in 1985 before deciding to study singing. From 1987 to 1995 she took part in various productions at the Aachen Stadttheater and had her first vocal training with her mother, Rebecca Or. From 19961 (or 19972) to 2002 she studied singing at the Hamburger Hochschule für Musik und Drama, first with Ingrid Kremling and then with Sabine Kirchner. She participated in master-courses at the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv and New York (under Joan Dorneman), as well as in 1999 and 2000 with James Wagner in the Obertsdorf Music Summer and the Rheingau Festival. In 2000 and 2001 respectively she was a prize-winner in the St Michaelis Oratorio and Sacred Song Competition in Hamburg, the Mozart Singing Competition and the International Maritime Competition at Timmendorfer Strand.
Talia Or made her debut as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in 2002 at the Opera Studio of the Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie. She completed her opera diploma in the Forum of the Hamburg New Music Theatre. In 2003 she appeared as Taumännchen in Hansel and Gretel and as Papagena in Zauberflöte at the Hamburgische Staatsoper. At La Monnaie Brussels she debuted in Nozze di Figaro in the course of the Young Artists Program. She performed Susanna (Nozze di Figaro), Despina (Cosi fan tutte) and Yniold (Pelléas et Mélisande) at the International Vocal Arts Institute Tel Aviv. In the 2003-2004 season she became a member of the “Junges Ensemble” (young ensemble) of the Bayerische Staatsoper München and also sang at Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz as a guest performer. She has been a member of this ensemble since the 2004-2005 season and appears in parts like Adele (Fledermaus), Blonde (Entführung aus dem Serail), Frasquita (Carmen) or Lauretta (Gianni Schicci).
In the 2006-2007 season Talia Or sang the Voce del Cielo in Don Carlo under the baton of Paolo Carignani, Armour in Orphée et Eurydice under the baton of Ivor Bolton and the Young Girl in Moses and Aaron under Lothar Zagrosek each at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. During the season 2007-2008 she could regularly be heard at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. In the revival series of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Königskinder she sang the role of the Child again, for which she was celebrated as extraordinary lyrical talent after the premiere in 2005. Further more she covered the title-role in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland. Under the baton of Peter Schreier she made her debut at Teatro dell Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248). At Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz she appeared in roles such as Valencienne (Lusitge Witwe), Rosina (Barbiere) Anna Reich (Lustige Weiber von Widsor) and Pamina (Zauberflöte).
Talia Or’s concert repertoire includes the standard works of J.S. Bach, George Frideric Handel and Mozart as well as rarely played works by Leonard Bernstein (Mass, performed under Ingo Metzmacher in Hamburg), Ravel (Sheherazade) or Franck (Les Béatitudes).
Talia Or will start the new season 2008-2009 as Erstes Blumenmädchen in a new production of Wagner’s Parsifal conducted by Lorin Maazel at Palau de les Arts Valencia. Recently she made her debut with Zubin Mehta, who engaged her for the opening concert of the World-Exhibition in Saragossa (Gustav Mahler's Symphony N° 2) and for a tour through Israel with concerts in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa (Bach-cantatas). Among her other engagements rank important roles of her register at Staatstheater Munich.
Two CD-recordings featuring Talia Or are currently available. Both are dedicated to the work of the L.v. Beethoven-contemporary Simon Mayr. A complete recording of Sisara was previously released (Guild). A second complete recording, L’Armonia, will be released soon.