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One of opera’s most exciting young stage directors, Tomer Zvulun has earned consistent praise for his creative vision, often described as cinematic and fresh. His work has been seen in prestigious opera houses around the world, including The Metropolitan Opera, the opera companies of Seattle, Cleveland, Dallas, Cincinnati, Buenos Aires and Wolf Trap, as well as leading educational institutions such as The Juilliard School, Indiana University, Boston University, and the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) in Tel Aviv.

In addition to directing the Atlanta Opera’s season opener, Tosca, in October, Zvulun’s other 2013 activities include his South American debut with a new Lucrezia Borgia at Buenos Aires Lírica (May), Don Giovanni for Cincinnati Opera (June), a new production of Falstaff for Wolf Trap Opera (August), and a return to The Metropolitan Opera for Der Rosenkavalier (November). Further engagements during the 2013-2014 season include debuts with Boston Lyric Opera for a new production of Rigoletto, Pittsburgh Opera for La bohème and Kansas City Opera for Der Fledermaus.

Notable recent engagements included a new production of La bohème for Seattle Opera, Madama Butterfly for New Orleans Opera, an exciting new production of Don Giovanni for Wolf Trap Opera, The Dialogues of the Carmelites for IVAI in Tel Aviv, Tosca for his directing debut at the Teatro Nacional in Panama, plus a new double bill of L'heure espagnole and Gianni Schicchi at Juilliard Opera Center that was praised by The New York Times for its “witty, fast-paced staging” and “Felliniesque” directing style.

At The Metropolitan Opera, Zvulun has worked on multiple new productions, most notably La rondine, La traviata, La fille du régiment, Iphigenie en Tauride, Manon and Un ballo in maschera, and has directed Tosca and Carmen on that stage. For Seattle Opera, he has served as an associate director to Stephen Wadsworth for Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, in addition to mounting his own productions there (La bohème and Lucia di Lammermoor). The Seattle Times recently called his new production of La bohème “one of the major triumphs in Speight Jenkins’ three-decade tenure.”

Highlights of Zvulun’s career include creating three separate new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor directed for Seattle Opera, Opera Cleveland and The Atlanta Opera, and a new interpretation The Magic Flute, originally created as a co-production between The Atlanta Opera and Indiana University. Zvulun directed a remount of The Magic Flute for his Cincinnati Opera debut for which he was named “the finest director of the season” by The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Born in Israel, Zvulun came to the United States after serving as a senior medic in the Israeli Army and studying arts and music at The Open University in Tel Aviv. He and his wife, Birmingham native Susanna Eiland, recently moved to Atlanta from New York City.

 

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