Described by the New York Times as “opera’s disrupter in residence,” director Yuval Sharon creates an unconventional body of work that seeks to expand the operatic form.
He is Artistic Director of Detroit’s Michigan Opera Theatre, a post he took up in 2020 presenting as his first production for the company Twilight: Gods, a recontextualising of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. He also founded, and continues to serve as Artistic Director of, The Industry in Los Angeles, an acclaimed company devoted to new and experimental opera that has brought the genre into moving vehicles, train stations and various ‘non-spaces’ such as warehouses, parking lots, and escalator corridors. Sharon conceived, directed, and produced the company’s acclaimed world premieres of Hopscotch, Invisible Cities and Crescent City. He also devised and directed the company’s two performance installations In C at the Hammer Museum and Nimbus in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
His stage productions in more conventional spaces have been described as “ingenious” (New York Times), “virtuosic” (Opernwelt), “dizzyingly spectacular” (New York Magazine) and “staggering” (Opera News) and recent work includes Wagner’s Lohengrin for the Bayreuth Festival; Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for the Deutsche Staatsoper; Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway for Oper Frankfurt; Peter Eötvös’ Three Sisters for the Wiener Staatsoper and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and John Adams’ Doctor Atomic at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe (the latter winning him the 2014 Götz Friedrich Prize). Sharon has also directed a landmark production of John Cage’s Song Books for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and in Carnegie Hall featuring Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, and Jessye Norman and has staged performances of The Cunning Little Vixen for the Cleveland Orchestra.
Sharon recently completed a critically acclaimed three-year residency with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, where his projects included newly commissioned works, site-specific installations and performances outside the Hall. Highlights included a new staging of Meredith Monk’s Atlas, an original setting of War of the Worlds performed both inside and outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall simultaneously and a staging of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.
Sharon was honoured with a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship and a Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant for Theater. He serves on the board of Opera America and on the Artist Council for the Hammer Museum,