General and Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera since 2013, Israeli born Tomer Zvulun is one of the leading stage directors 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, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas, San Diego, Boston, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Wexford, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, and Wolf Trap as well as leading educational institutes and universities such as The Juilliard School, Indiana University, Boston University.
He specializes in creating major co-productions with other opera companies with recent productions receiving critical acclaim for their striking visuals and cinematic quality throughout the world. Notable among them include new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor (Seattle, Atlanta, Cleveland), Silent Night (Wexford, Atlanta, Glimmerglass, Washington, Austin), Dinner at Eight (Minnesota, Wexford, Atlanta), Soldier Songs (Atlanta, San Diego), Dead Man Walking (New Orleans, Atlanta, Tel Aviv), La Boheme (Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Atlanta, Dallas), Lucrezia Borgia (Buenos Aires), Gianni Schicchi (Juilliard, IVAI Tel Aviv), L’heure Espagnole (Juilliard), The 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). The European premiere of Silent Night at the Wexford Festival received two Irish Times Awards. He will return to Wexford for the European premiere of Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight.
He has originated many new co-productions in Atlanta, including Lucia di Lammermoor, The Magic Flute, The Flying Dutchman, Soldier Songs, Silent Night, Maria de Buenos Aires, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly 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 and an invitation to deliver a Ted Talk.
His upcoming projects include debuts of his original shows in Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Detroit, Austin and Tel Aviv, as well as returning to Cincinnati, Wexford and Dallas in addition to The Atlanta Opera.
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 with his wife Susanna and daughter Maya.