Establishing himself as one of opera’s most exciting young directors, Tomer Zvulun has consistently received praise for his creative vision, which is often described as cinematic and fresh. In recent seasons, his work has been produced in opera houses across North and Central America, including NYC, Washington, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Panama and Cincinnati. 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.
His recent directing engagements include a remount of his highly successful production of Die Zauberflöte for his debut at the Cincinnati Opera. This critically praised production was conceived and directed by Zvulun at the opera companies of Atlanta and Indiana University.
In 2011 Zvulun made his Lincoln Center directing debut with “L'heure espagnole and Gianni Schicchi” at Juilliard Opera Center. The production was praised by The New York Times for its “witty, fast-paced staging” and the "director's Felliniesque style".
In a couple of seasons Zvulun directed three separate new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor in the opera companies of Atlanta, Cleveland and Seattle. Described as “a poetic, unalloyed triumph” by the Seattle Times his production in Atlanta was recently selected as Atlanta’s Best production for 2011.
At the Metropolitan Opera, Zvulun directed Tosca with Patricia Racette and Roberto Alagna and worked on productions of La rondine, La traviata, La fille du régiment, Khovanshchina, Iphigenie en Tauride and Manon among many others. He returns to the Met in 2012-2013 to direct Carmen and to work on a new production of Ballo in Maschera.
Zvulun’s additional directing credits include: Der fliegende Holländer for the Atlanta Opera, Die Fledermaus for Dallas Opera, 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’s upcoming projects include directing Carmen at the Met, La bohème and Faust for Seattle Opera, Don Giovanni at the Wolf Trap Opera Festival, Dialogues of the Carmelites at Tel Aviv IVAI, Madama Butterfly in New Orleans Opera, Tosca at Teatro Nacional in Panama as well as return engagements in Atlanta and Cincinnati Opera. He will also direct a world premiere TBA at the Washington National Opera in 2014.