Dr. Zahavi-Ely recently visited the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg and spoke about the Virginia Opera and their upcoming performances during the weekend of April 8th.
She started Opera in Williamsburg in 2012 with the stated goal of producing fully-staged intimate opera with outstanding cast and staff and with effective and imaginative sets, scenery, and costumes achieved at a minimal cost. The company strives to produce mainstream repertoire works that are not often done at smaller opera houses with great integrity and beauty, and offers an opportunity to debut them to singers who are ready for the roles..
Zahavi-Ely retired from the College of William & Mary after serving as assistant professor of Biblical Hebrew and Classical Studies since 1996, is dedicated to bringing top-quality opera to Williamsburg with a world-class talent and musicians.
Dr. Zahavi-Ely also has served as administrator of Temple Beth El of Williamsburg from 2001 to 2003.Before becoming an instructor, she served as a systems analyst for W&M and in various positions as a programmer and analyst going back to 1984.
She earned her Ph.D. in biblical studies from
Union Theological Seminary in Richmond in 2010. She holds master's degrees from Princeton University in history where she attended on a Fulbright Scholarship, and from Hebrew University
Dr. Naama Zahavi-Elyin Jerusalem in history, where she graduated cum laude in 1981. She also earned her bachelor's degree in history from Hebrew University.
Among the many resources she has made available to the public on the internet through her work at William & Mary are "Hebrew Verb Missing Letter Guide for the Bible and other texts with vowel markings;" "Hebrew Verb Stem guide (all root groups);" "Hebrew Verb Summary Tables" and "Teaching the Biblical Hebrew Verb."
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