Named a "Face to Watch" in 2012 by the Los Angeles Times, director Yuval Sharon has been creating an unconventional body of work exploring the interdisciplinary potential of opera.
His productions have been described as "dizzyingly spectacular" (New York Magazine), "magical" (The Village Voice), and "ingenious" (San Francisco Chronicle). Yuval directed a landmark production of John Cage SONG BOOKS at the San Francisco Symphony and Carnegie Hall with Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, and Jessye Norman. He also founded and serves as Artistic Director of The Industry, an experimental opera company in Los
Angeles, where his inaugural production of Anne LeBaron's hyperopera CRESCENT CITY was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "groundbreaking" and "reshaping LA opera." That interdisciplinary work, created in collaboration with six visual artists, "changes the face of music-theater in this city overnight," according to Out West Arts. "There is not a non-commanding image or uninteresting moment; it is always visually imaginative and often quite surprising, from the video elements to the physical performances."
The Industry grew out of Yuval's important work as Project Director for four years of New York City Opera’s VOX, an annual workshop of new American opera. Under his leadership, VOX became the most important
crucible for new opera in the country under his direction, and showcased the work of John Zorn, William Kraft, David Bruce, and Stephen Schwartz. The New York Times called it "a hip and adventurous event," and
the New Yorker considered it "a focal point of the new music scene."
He has also worked with international houses like the San Francisco Opera, the Mariinsky Theater, the Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria, and the Komische Oper Berlin, as well as experimental venues like Le Poisson Rouge,
Berkeley Opera, and the Deitch Projects. He was assistant director to Achim Freyer on the Los Angeles RING Cycle and Associate Director of the world premiere of Stockhausen’s MITTWOCH AUS LICHT with Graham Vick for the London 2012 Cultural Olympics.