By Francisco Salazar
Yuval Sharon has been named to the 2022 TIME100 Next list.
The Next list highlights 100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, health, science and
activism, and more.
The full list and related tributes will appear in the Oct. 10 / Oct. 17 issue of TIME.
Sharon is the Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director of Detroit Opera and the founder and co-Artistic Director of The Industry in Los Angeles. He is also a recipient of both a MacArthur Fellowship and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant in Theatre. He became the first American invited to direct at Bayreuth, and the first director entrusted with a new production of one of Meredith Monk’s works, and the director of the first fully-staged opera in the Musikverein’s 150-year history.
TIME highlighted his work with Detroit Opera, including his productions of “La bohème” and Act three of Richard Wagner’s “Die Walküre.” The publication said, “To see the most innovative opera company in America, visit Motor City. Yuval Sharon has long used unconventional settings in unexpected ways, but now, as the artistic director of the Detroit Opera, he is breaking new ground. Lauded for past projects such as his reverse chronological staging of Puccini’s La Bohème, Sharon in July premiered a high-tech reimagining of a Wagner opera. Onstage action blended with computer animations with the help of green-screen tech. And of course: although the staging debuted in Los Angeles, it soon headed home to Michigan.”
Sharon has created co-productions with Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Omaha, Seattle Opera, and Spoleto Festival USA. He has also worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others.