Questions of Practice: Opera Director Yuval Sharon on Modern Opera Techniques

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Opera director Yuval Sharon set his production of Invisible Cities in a functioning train station, outfitting each audience member with a pair of headphones, allowing them to immerse themselves in the piece and giving them the agency to pursue which elements interested them most. In a conversation hosted at the Center in 2018, Sharon discussed his approach to storytelling and explained why he thinks even the most ostentatious technical gimmicks should take a backseat to the story itself.

Sharon discusses when new technologies and storytelling techniques are most effective.

Questions of Practice: Opera Director Yuval Sharon on Modern Opera Techniques

Yuval Sharon. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on May 17, 2018.

Sharon explains his approach to realizing work that allows audiences to feel “emancipated” from expectations.

Questions of Practice: Opera Director Yuval Sharon on Audience Engagement

Yuval Sharon. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on May 17, 2018.

Yuval Sharon is founder and artistic director of The Industry, a Los Angeles-based, experimental production company. In May 2018, he visited the Center to speak about the ideas that drive his projects, the importance of creative partnerships, and how he engages with audiences to circumvent their expectations about opera. The videos above are excerpts from this conversation.

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