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Friday, October 9, 2009

Verdi's Nabucco Opera to Be Staged at the Foot of the Historic Masada

25th Anniversary of Israeli Opera Celebrates with Conductor Daniel
 Oren and Opera Legend Jessye Norman to Perform at One-of-a-kind Venue

Portland, OR – September 29, 2009 – A 5,500-seat amphitheatre will be
 constructed at the base of the towering plateau fortress of Masada in the
Dead Sea region of Israel for use for one weekend only - June 3 - 5, 2010. 
Ya'lla Tours USA is the only tour company in the United States to be actively
 promoting the tickets to the concerts and that has access to area 
accommodations. To round out this chance of a lifetime, Ya'lla has created 7-
day and 13-day Musical Israel travel programs that each include a Jessye
 Norman concert at the Masada venue on June 4 and the Nabucco opera on 
June 5. Other key highlights of the event include:
+ A private recital by pianist Issak Tavior at his secluded mountaintop home
+ A concert by "Musicians of Tomorrow," a youth group of economically
 disadvantaged Israeli students that participate in a free music education
+ Other cultural events include participating in a Bedouin village feast, wine
tasting at a boutique winery and private guided tours.

Accommodations in the Dead Sea region, which are rather limited, are already
 set aside for the Ya'lla group. The 13-day program travels June 28-July 10 
with 10 days of touring and the 7-day program travels June 30-July 7 with 5
 days of touring. Tour prices range from $5,695 to $8,285. Both tours are
available in two price categories: the Gold Category includes 5-star
 accommodations and Level 1 seating at the Masada performance, Bronze
category include 3-star accommodations and Level 2 seating at the Masada
performance. The initial, non-refundable, deposit of $1,000 is due 
immediately and final payment is due December 31, 2009. Ya'lla Tour 
packages are available through your local travel agent.

Nabucco is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi that follows the plight of
 the Jews as they are assaulted and subsequently exiled from their homeland
 by the Babylonian King Nabucco. Its first performance took place on March 9,
1842 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. The Jessye Norman concert will
include opera arias, lieder, folk songs and spirituals; with performances by the 
Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion conducted by Rachel Worby. Ms.
Norman has performed with many philharmonic orchestras including those in
Los Angeles, New York, London and Vienna.

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