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One of opera’s most exciting young directors, Tomer Zvulun has earned consistent praise for his creative vision, often described as cinematic and fresh. His work has been produced in prestigious opera houses around the world, including The Metropolitan Opera in NYC, the opera companies of Seattle, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Cincinnati, Panama, and Wolf Trap, as well as leading educational institutes and universities such as The Julliard School, Indiana University, Boston University, and IVAI in Tel Aviv.
Zvulun’s upcoming schedule includes a new production of La Bohème for Seattle Opera, Don Giovanni for Cincinnati Opera, his Buenos Aires debut with a new Lucrezia Borgia, and returns to the Metropolitan Opera to direct Carmen and to Wolf Trap Opera for a new Falstaff. In future seasons he will return to The Atlanta Opera for Tosca and to Cincinnati Opera and Seattle Opera for additional productions. He will also make debuts with Boston Lyric Opera for a new production of Rigoletto and Pittsburgh Opera for La Bohème.
Notable recent engagements include a highly acclaimed new production of Don Giovanni for Wolf Trap Opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites for IVAI in Tel Aviv, Tosca for his directing debut at the Metropolitan Opera and for his 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 the director’s Felliniesque style”.
Zvulun has directed three different new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor for Seattle Opera, The Atlanta Opera, and for Opera Cleveland. All three productions received critical acclaim and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution selected it as one of Atlanta’s Best productions for the 2011 season. He has also directed Die Fliegende Holländer and The Magic Flute for this company.
Zvulun’s new interpretation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, created as a co-production between Indiana University and The Atlanta Opera, was widely successful with audiences and critics alike. He remounted the production for his Cincinnati Opera debut for which The Cincinnati Enquirer named him “the finest director of the season”. For Indiana University he has also directed new productions Faust and Cosí fan tutte.
At the Metropolitan Opera he has worked on multiple new productions, most notably of La Rondine, La Traviata, La Fille du Régiment, Iphigenie en Tauride, Manon and Un Ballo in Maschera, in addition to directing Tosca and Carmen.
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.