Tomer Zvulun, Stage Director
Establishing himself as one of opera’s most exciting young directors, Tomer Zvulun has consistently received praise for his creative vision, often described as cinematic and fresh. In recent seasons, his work has been produced in opera houses around the world, including NYC, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Cincinnati, Panama and Tel Aviv. A former member of the directing staffs of Seattle Opera and New York City Opera, he has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera directing staff since 2007.
This season, Zvulun’s projects include a new production of La bohème for Seattle Opera, Madama Butterfly with New Orleans Opera, Tosca for Opera Naples, Don Giovanni for Cincinnati Opera, and a return to the MET to direct Carmen. In future seasons he will also see returns to the Atlanta Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and Seattle Opera and make debuts with Boston Lyric Opera, Washington National Opera and Kentucky Opera.
His recent directing engagements include his debut at Wolf Trap Opera Festival with a highly acclaimed new production of Don Giovanni, a return to IVAI in Tel Aviv to direct Dialogues of the Carmelites, his directing debut at the Metropolitan Opera with Tosca and his debut at the Teatro Nacional in Panama also with Tosca.
Last season, Zvulun directed a double bill of L'heure espagnole and Gianni Schicchi at Juilliard Opera Center, which was praised by The New York Times for its “witty, fast-paced staging” and the director’s style, which “filtered the action through a Felliniesque lens.” He then returned to the Atlanta Opera to direct his third new production of Lucia di Lammermoor following his successful presentations of the piece in Opera Cleveland and Seattle Opera. All three productions of Lucia received critical acclaim: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently selected the Atlanta Lucia as one of Atlanta’s Best for 2011, the Seattle production was declared by The Seattle Times “a poetic, unalloyed triumph” and The Plain Dealer proclaimed his work in Cleveland a “smart, compelling and stylish production.”
His ground breaking new interpretation of The Magic Flute originally created by Zvulun as a co production between Indiana University and the Atlanta Opera received wide acclaim when it was premiered in Bloomington in 2009 and was declared “charming whimsical production” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution when it was premiered at the Atlanta Opera in 2010. Zvulun remounted the production again for his Cincinnati Opera debut in the summer of 2011, a debut for which The Cincinnati enquirer named him “the finest director of the season”.
At the Metropolitan Opera, in addition to directing Tosca and Carmen he also worked on new productions of La rondine, La traviata, La fille du régiment, Iphigenie en Tauride and Manon among others.
In previous seasons Zvulun directed Der fliegende Holländer for the Atlanta Opera, Die Fledermaus for his Dallas Opera debut, La bohème for Opera Cleveland, Hänsel and Gretel for Nashville Opera, Le nozze di Figaro and Hänsel and Gretel for Chattanooga Opera and L’elisir d’amore for Sugar Creek Festival. In 2009, he returned to Seattle Opera as an associate director to Stephen Wadsworth for Wagner’s complete cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Highlights of Zvulun’s educational engagements include three new productions at Indiana University: Die Zauberflöte, Faust and Cosí fan tutte, a double bill of L’heure Espagnole/Gianni Schicchi at the Juilliard School, Three Decembers at Boston University and Gianni Schicchi for the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) in Tel Aviv. Zvulun also gave a series of master classes for the vocal masters students at Juilliard and taught classes at the IVAI program in Virginia and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.