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  • Artistic director Barbara Landis Seid

    Bar-Ilan University to Award Honorary Doctorate to Barbara Landis Seid

    Date: 2011-05-24 Hour: 17:07

    In recognition of her premier role in advancing culture and education in the United States and Israel, Bar-Ilan University this evening will bestow an honorary doctorate upon Barbara Landis Seid.
    As the Artistic Director of Chamber Opera Chicago, Barbara Landis Seid makes opera accessible to the widest possible audience and provides talented young singers with training and performance opportunities.

    At a young age, she began to study dance, winning awards and performing modern and Jewish dance with the Felix Fibich Dance Company. Barbara received a BA in Vocal Performance from the American Conservatory of Music. She attended the Britten-Pears School in England (where she was recorded by the BBC in the title role in The Rape of Lucretia) and trained as a member of the Young Artist Programs of the Sarasota Opera (Florida) and Chicago Opera Theater (where she can be heard on the Cedille recording of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium.) She also performed the title role in The Medium for the composer at the Spoleto Festival in Italy and sang in recitals in both Spoleto and Modena.

    Studying Spanish dance with Pascual Olivera and Angela Del Moral, she has been active as a soloist in the art of zarzuela in Chicago and Napa, California. Her signature role is Carmen, which she has performed for the National Symphony Orchestra in the Dominican Republic, the San Francisco Lyric Opera and the Golden Gate Opera in San Francisco. Her portrayal of Aldonza in The Man of La Mancha has been seen at Chamber Opera Chicago, the Colorado Lyric Theatre Festival, and throughout the US.

    She is known for her comedic skills as an actress, performing with the Munich Comic Opera in Germany and throughout Chicago. She has received critical acclaim for such roles as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and many of the Gilbert and Sullivan mezzo-soprano roles such as Katisha in The Mikado, Mad Margaret in Ruddigore, and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance.

    Barbara Seid participated in the 2010 Jane Austen Festival in the review Cheers from Chawton in Bath, England and is currently adapting Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion into a musical stage play which will be presented next fall in Chicago. She was the creator and director of the instant-hit multimedia show, Te Amo (“I Love You”) in memory of Pascual Olivera and Angela Del Moral.

    At the gala Honorary Doctorate ceremony Bar-Ilan University will confer honorary doctorates upon a number of additional prominent figures from Israel and around the world, including: Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, 19th IDF Chief of the General Staff; Prof. Luc A. Montagnier, the French virologist and joint recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); distinguished author and social justice advocate Eli Amir; former Supreme Court Justice Hadassa Ben-Itto; leading religios Zionist and educational innovator Rabbi Haim Drukman; Bank Leumi CEO Galia Maor; and industrialist and Jewish community leader Marcos David Katz.

    The honorary doctorates will be conferred this evening, May 24, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. in the Dahan Family Unity Park on Bar-Ilan University's North Campus. The ceremony will be broadcast on the Bar-Ilan University website: