Roman Cho/John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
American opera and theater director Yuval Sharon has earned one of the most prestigious – and lucrative — honors in the arts world. He was announced, early Wednesday morning, as a MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of the so-called “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, which comes with a no-strings-attached $625,000 purse. He joins 23 others, representing a broad range of talent in the arts, humanities and sciences. Musicians Rhiannon Giddens and Tyshawn Sorey are also among this year’s winners.
Sharon, still in his 30s, founded The Industry, an experimental opera company based in Los Angeles. He was singled out for, as the foundation cited, “expanding how opera is performed and experienced through immersive, multisensory and mobile productions that are infusing a new vitality into the genre.”
Labeled as “opera’s disrupter in residence,” Sharon plays with concepts of reality and fiction in his headphone opera Invisible Cities (by Christopher Cerrone), which…