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9 September 2020

Yuval Sharon Appointed Artistic Director of Michigan Opera Theatre

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MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE announced today that it has appointed American director Yuval Sharon as the company’s next artistic director for an initial five-year term slated to begin in October. 

Sharon, whose acclaimed site-specific stagings have brought opera and theater performances to cars, warehouses, parking lots, escalators corridors and other public spaces in both American and international venues, will join MOT president and CEO Wayne S. Brown in comprising the company's leadership team. Sharon intends to inaugurate his MOT tenure by staging his hour-long site-specific adaption of Götterdämmerung, titled Twilight: Gods, which will play at the Detroit Opera House Parking Center in October and will feature soprano Christine Goerke’s Brünnhilde. The company's 2021-22 season, which will mark the first full planned under Sharon’s tenure, will be announced by the company in the spring.

Known for site-specific works staged with his Los Angeles-based company, The Industry, Sharon is the recipient of both a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant in Theatre. In July of 2018, Sharon became the first American to direct a production at the Bayreuth Festival with his staging of Lohengrin, which featured Waltraud Meier, Piotr Beczała and Anja Harteros. He is also the first director to have been charged with staging a new production of a work by American composer-performer-director-vocalist Meredith Monk, and, in October 2017, Sharon’s production of Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen, a show originally produced for the Cleveland Orchestra, became the first fully-staged opera ever to be presented in Vienna’s historic Musikverein. From 2016 through 2019, Sharon served as the first artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he created nine projects that included newly commissioned works, site-specific installations and performances that took place outside the hall. In 2014, Sharon was awarded Germany’s Götz Friedrich Prize for his production of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, a show that was originally staged at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe and later presented in Seville's Teatro de la Maestranza. He has also directed productions of John Cage’s Song Books at the San Francisco Symphony and Carnegie Hall with Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, and Jessye Norman. Other acclaimed productions include a 2016 staging of Peter Eötvös's Three Sisters at the Wiener Staatsoper, and the Industry’s acclaimed world premieres of Sweet Land, Invisible Cities and the car-based Hopscotch, the latter of which Sharon conceived, directed, and produced. 

In addition to his appointment at MOT, Sharon intends to continue his role as artistic director at The Industry.  

“Even as the performing arts face unprecedented challenges in this country, this moment offers an equally unprecedented opportunity for change—for artists and institutions to re-imagine the future of opera,” said Sharon in a statement issued today by Michigan Opera Theatre. “Under Wayne Brown’s insightful leadership, with MOT Board President Ethan Davidson’s forward-thinking guidance, and with the advocacy of my friend Gary Wasserman, I see MOT seizing that chance to think in new and creative ways about opera in this city. It is an honor to join them and the rest of the MOT board and staff in charting that future and creating work that speaks specifically to the communities that make Detroit so vibrant.” spacer 

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