Yuval Sharon becomes first American director invited to Bayreuth

Yuval Sharon, center, with Jason H. Thompson and Kaitlyn Pietras of the production team during a rehearsal of “Young Caesar.” Photo by Emily Berl for The New York Times.

We are pleased to announce our Artistic Director, Yuval Sharon, has become the first American director invited to produce work at the prestigious Bayreuth Festival in Germany. The festival, founded by Richard Wagner in 1876, will feature Sharon’s new “Lohengrin” as the centerpiece for the 2018 season.

In his recent New York Times profile, Mr. Sharon stated “At the risk of sounding really cheesy, it is a dream come true”. The Times continues,

Wagner courses through his artistic blood. Seeing “Siegfried” as a boy was a formative experience. He was Achim Freyer’s assistant for a controversial “Ring” cycle in Los Angeles in 2009, and recently directed “Die Walküre” in Karlsruhe, Germany.

“What I actually wanted to call him was disrupter in residence,” said Deborah Borda, the departing chief executive of that orchestra. “And then, after further contemplation, I realized that people would focus only on the name and not on the remarkable work Yuval does.”

Read more about the festival, Yuval’s recent collaborations with the LA Phil, and our upcoming Industry productions here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/arts/music/operas-disrupter-in-residence-heading-to-bayreuth.html

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