General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun is also one of the world's most exciting young directors, earning consistent praise for his creative vision, often described as cinematic and fresh. His work has been presented by prestigious opera houses around the world, including The Metropolitan Opera, the opera companies of Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Cincinnati, Buenos Aires, New Orleans and Wolf Trap, as well as leading educational institutes and universities such as The Juilliard School, Indiana University, Boston University, and IVAI in Tel Aviv.
In 2013 he returned both to Seattle Opera for a critically acclaimed new production of La Bohème
, and to Cincinnati Opera for Don Giovanni
following the success of his production of The Magic Flute
there. He then made a notable debut in South America with a new production of Lucrezia Borgia
in Buenos Aires, returned to The Metropolitan Opera to direct Carmen
and to Wolf Trap Opera for a new Falstaff
. In 2014 he directed a new co-production of Rigoletto
, which premiered in Boston Lyric Opera and will be remounted in Omaha and Atlanta. Later that season Mr. Zvulun repeated his successful production of La Bohème for
Pittsburgh Opera, created a new Die Fledermaus
for Lyric Opera of Kansas City and finished the season with a new Madama Butterfly
for Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, a production that will open the season in his home company in Atlanta. In the 14-15 season he will direct a string of new productions in leading international houses:
He directs the European Premiere of Silent Night
for the prestigious Wexford Festival in Ireland, returns to Seattle Opera for a new production of Semele
with Stephanie Blythe and creates a world premiere of a science fiction-themed opera at the Prague State Opera in the summer of 2015.
For The Atlanta Opera, Mr. Zvulun directed three productions before his appointment as General and Artistic Director: Die Fliegende Holländer, The Magic Flute and Lucia di Lammermoor, which was selected by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of Atlanta’s Best Productions for the 2011 Season.
For the Metropolitan Opera, he has directed revivals of Tosca and Carmen, and worked on a number of new productions, most notably La Rondine, La Traviata, La Fille du Régiment, Iphigenie en Tauride, Manon and Un Ballo in Maschera.
Other notable engagements include new productions of Don Giovanni for Wolf Trap Opera;
Dialogues of the Carmelites for IVAI in Tel Aviv; Die Fledermaus for Dallas Opera, The Magic Flute for Cincinnati Opera, Tosca for the Teatro Nacional in Panama; Lucia di Lammermoor for Seattle Opera and Opera Cleveland and 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 the director’s Felliniesque style.”