Born in Riga (Latvia) Ira Bertman begun her musical studies in her home town and then studied with Miriam Meltzer at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and took part later in the young singers program at the Israeli opera in Tel Aviv and awarded the Garbov and the IVAI Prizes there.
She started her professional career in 2001, as Konstanze, in production of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail under the baton of David Stern.
Ira has since then become the leading soloist lyric soprano of the Israeli Opera appearing in such roles as: Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) under the baton of Dan Ettinger, the title role of Rusalka in Rusalka (Dvorák) under the baton of Asher Fish (alongside Anna Tomowa-Sintow) , Valencienne in Die lustige Witwe (Lehar), Second Wife in A Journey to the end of the Millennium (Bardanashvili) under the baton of Asher Fisch, Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach) under the baton of Frederic Chaslin, Angelica in Suor Angelica (Puccini) under the baton of Asher Fisch, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin (Tchaikowsky) under the baton of Dmitri Jurowski, Mimi in La Bohème (Puccini) under the baton of Keri-Lynn Wilson, Lisa in Pikovaja Dama (Tchaikovsky) under the baton of Omer Welber, Marguerite in Faust (Charles Gounod) in a production by Paul-Emile Fourny Her interpretation of Adina in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore won her wide public and press praise in the 2005 Israeli Opera production when it went on tour at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
In addition to her operatic engagement Ira Bertman appears on the concert platforms in such works as Mozart's Requiem, Mahler's 2nd & 4th Symphonies, Bach's Weinachts Oratorium (under the baton of Peter Schreier), Rossini's Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle.
In January 2010, Irina made her acclaimed debut in Paris at the Châtelet, appearing in a concert performance devoted to excerpts of Norma, followed in March / April , by her debut in Poland with Lisa in Pikovaja Dama (Tchaikovsky) at the Lodz Opera, a production was revived in Tel Aviv,and in Lodz again (September 2010).
Irina also made her débuts for the opening the 2010 / 2011 season of Warsaw Wielki Opera singing there her first Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, and repeated in Cagliari October 2011.
During 2011 Irina also sung 10 performances Tatiana in Eugene Onegin (Tchaikowsky) under the baton of Dani Ettinger in Manheim Opera Theater and Nedda in Pagliacci at the Israeli Opera under the baton of David Stern.