General and Artistic Director – The Atlanta Opera
General and Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera since 2013, Israeli born Tomer Zvulun is also one of leading stage director of his generation, earning consistent praise for his creative vision and innovative interpretations. His work has been presented by prestigious opera houses in Europe, South and Central America, Israel and the US, including The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas, San Diego, Boston, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Israeli Opera, and the festivals of Wexford, Glimmerglass and Wolf Trap, as well as leading educational institutes and universities such as The Juilliard School, Indiana University, Boston University.
Tomer spent seven seasons on the directing staff of the Metropolitan Opera where he directed revivals of Carmen and Tosca and was involved with more than a dozen new productions. He is a frequent guest director in companies such as Seattle Opera (Semele, La Boheme, Eugene Onegin, Lucia di Lammermoor,), Dallas Opera (Die Fledermaus, La Boheme), Houston (Flying Dutchman, Rigoletto), Wexford Festival (Silent Night, Dinner at Eight), Cincinnati Opera (Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Flying Dutchman), Wolf Trap (Falstaff, Don Giovanni), Israeli Opera (Dead man walking, Giulio Cesare) among others. His European premiere of Silent Night at the Wexford Festival received two Irish Times Awards and traveled from Ireland to Washington National Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival and the opera companies of Atlanta, Austin and Salt Lake City.Read more
Zvulun directed over 15 new productions in his home company in Atlanta, including Salome, Dead Man Walking, Flying Dutchman, Soldier Songs, Silent Night, Maria de Buenos Aires, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, Magic Flute, Eugene Onegin to name but a few. During Tomer’s tenure, the company’s fundraising has tripled, resulting in twice the number of productions presented annually. His focus on innovation has garnered national attention and resulted in a Harvard Business School case study chronicling The Atlanta Opera’s turnaround, an International Opera Awards nomination, an ArtsATL luminary award and an invitation to deliver a Ted Talk about innovation in opera.
His upcoming projects includes a new co production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs between the opera companies of Austin, Atlanta and Kansas City, a new Rheingold for Atlanta, Rigoletto in Dallas and Atlanta and a revival of his acclaimed production Eugene Onegin in Minnesota. He is also working on developing Sensorium Ex, a world premiere opera based on a story about artificial intelligence to be premiered in Atlanta and the Prototype Festival in NYC.
Tomer’s recent shows have traveled across continents, receiving critical acclaim for their striking visuals and cinematic quality. Some of them included The Flying Dutchman (Houston, Cincinnati, Atlanta), Dinner at Eight (Wexford Festival, Minnesota Opera), Eugene Onegin (Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, Kansas City, Montreal, Palm Beach), Lucia di Lammermoor (Seattle, Atlanta, Cleveland,) Silent Night (Wexford, Atlanta, Glimmerglass, Washington, Austin, Salt Lake City), Soldier songs (Atlanta, San Diego), Dead Man Walking (Israel, New Orleans, Atlanta), La Boheme (Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Atlanta, Dallas), Lucrezia Borgia (Buenos Aires), Gianni Schicchi (Juilliard, IVAI Tel Aviv), L’heaure Espagnole (Juilliard), Magic Flute (Cincinnati, Atlanta, Indiana University), Don Giovanni (Wolf Trap, Cincinnati), Die Fledermaus (Dallas, Kansas City), Falstaff (Wolf Trap, Des Moines), Rigoletto (Boston, Atlanta, Omaha, Charlotte), Madama Butterfly (Atlanta, Castleton Festival, New Orleans) Tosca (National Theatre Panama, Atlanta) and Semele (Seattle).
Tomer Zvulun was born and raised in Israel, attended the open University in Tel Aviv and Harvard Business School and makes his home in Atlanta.
“Wexford commissioned a new production by Israeli director Tomer Zvulun, whose work is excellent. He narrates the story well, starting with the presentation of the characters in the prologue. The trenches are offered vertically in three heights which convey perfectly the difficulty of living in that small space… The stage direction is meticulous in every detail, reflecting Mr. Zvulun’s great knowledge of opera. Strong emotion is present throughout the opera, and the stage direction was an excellent vehicle for it.”
“A powerful and attractive new production defined by moments of shimmery, cinematic fantasy mixed with genuine pathos that are pure Puccini all the way through. In the hands of the fine cast and under the direction of the company’s new General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun, this is opera that’s easy to love.”