The Israeli-born bass-baritone Assaf Levitin is active as a concert and opera singer as well as a composer, arranger, choir director, teacher and cantor. After graduating with a diploma from HMT Saarbrücken, engagements took him to Zurich, Basel and Bonn, to the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, to Mannheim and Dortmund (ensemble member 2002 – 2005) with opera roles such as Mozart’s Figaro, Colline, Gremin and Masetto. In 2016, he completed the cantorial seminar at the Abraham Geiger College at the University of Potsdam.
As part of his training, he performed various concerts and liturgies – as a singer as well as a cantor – in Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Kiev, Basel, Schwerin, Rostock and at many other churches. Since 2014 he has performed as part of the cultural program of the Central Council of Jews in Germany with the ensemble he founded, ‘Die Drei Kantoren’, whose second CD was released in 2016. In 2017 he founded the KOLOT Vocal Quintet, an ensemble for Jewish and Israeli music whose repertoire consists of Assaf Levitin’s arrangements.
Since his investiture until the summer of 2021, Assaf Levitin officiated as cantor of the Liberal Jewish Community of Hanover. His recording of the Mainz Nussach (Mainz, 2004) is considered by experts to be a reference recording of the South German Nussach and is frequently cited in professional circles. Other CD recordings present works by Jewish and Israeli composers such as Arnold Schoenberg and Noa Blass, as well as classical and contemporary music. In 2016, he toured old synagogues in Germany and Poland with the project Mekomot (Places), presenting five world premieres alongside classical chazzanut.
Arab-Jewish Musical Traditions: Religious secrets from past and future
Sun, 15. Aug // 13:00, Synagoge am Fraenkelufer