Tomer's Bio

General and Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera since 2013, Tomer Zvulun is also one of opera’s most exciting stage 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, Pittsburgh, Buenos Aires, Wexford, 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.  His debut in New York was in a new production 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.”

Known for creating innovative, visually striking new interpretations for standard operas as well as championing new works by American composers his work has been seen internationally in Europe, South and Central America, Israel and the US. Recently he created critically acclaimed new productions of Semele (Seattle Opera) Lucia di Lammermoor (Seattle, Atlanta, Cleveleand,), La Boheme (Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Atlanta),  Lucrezia Borgia (Buenos Aires), Gianni Schicchi (Juilliard, 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), Madama Butterfly (Atlanta, Castleton Festival) and Tosca (National Theatre Panama, Atlanta) among many others.

His passion for producing new works by living composers was realized in the acclaimed European premiere of Kevin Puts’s Silent Night in Wexford Festival Opera in the fall of 2014.  The production won 2 Irish Times Awards and will be remounted in The Glimmerglass Festival.

In 2015-16 he created a new production of Soldiers songs (David T. Little) as a part of The Atlanta Opera Discovery Series (chosen as Atlanta best 2015 by AJC). He then went on to create an acclaimed new production of Dead Man Walking that marked his return to New Orleans Opera. This was his second collaboration with composer Jake Heggie following his new production of 3 Decembers in Boston University

His focus on new works continues in the 2016-17, when he will be creating the world premiere of Dinner at Eight (Bolcom) in a co production between Minnesota and the Wexford Festival and directing the revivals of Soldier Songs in San Diego and Silent Night in Atlanta.

Tomer Zvulun