Opera Director/ Producer Yuval Sharon Named 2017 MacArthur Fellow

by Kathy Eddy

Yuval Sharon is a director and producer of opera expanding the possibilities of where, when, and how opera can be performed. As founder and artistic director of The Industry, a Los Angeles–based production company, Sharon brings together singers, instrumentalists, and emerging technologies in nontraditional performance spaces, transforming opera from an experience of passive listening to one that is immersive, multisensory, and mobile.

Yuval Sharon received a B.A. (2001) from the University of California at Berkeley. As founder (in 2010) and artistic director of The Industry, Sharon has directed and produced the additional works Crescent City (2012) and War of the Worlds (forthcoming, 2017) and smaller-scale works as part of The Industry's First Take and Second Take series. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has also directed productions at the Vienna Staatsoper, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Carnegie Hall, among other venues. In 2018, Sharon will be the first American to direct a production (Lohengrin) at the Bayreuth Festival.

Learn more about Sharon and the MacArthur Foundation at: https://www.macfound.org/fellows/999/