GENERAL DIRECTOR + CEO
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Julia Noulin-Mérat is an American, French, and Canadian producer, designer and is the General Director & CEO of Opera Columbus.
Previously, Noulin-Mérat was for 8 years the Associate Producer at Boston Lyric Opera, is the creative director for Hong Kong-based More Than Musical and is the Artistic Advisor of Guerilla Opera having begun her tenure as their co-Artistic Director, Producer and Director of Production.
In addition, Noulin-Mérat has worked on over 400 opera, theater, and television productions, including 25 new operas, 22 new plays.
Other projects include a TEDx talk on site-specific opera productions in the modern age, Neverland (China Broadway): a $20 million, 50,000 square immersive theater piece in Beijing based on Peter Pan directed by Allegra Libonati, which required collaboration with 650 people, a PPE friendly outdoor Fall Festival productions (the Atlanta Opera) directed by Tomer Zvulun, an immersive Pagliacci (Boston Lyric Opera) production complete with fair grounds inside an ice rink directed by
She has served on the panel for OPERA America adjudicating the Tobin Director- Designer showcase and recently received OA’s Women Opera Network Mentorship, General Director distinction and their Leadership Intensive recognition.
With over 18 years of experience in the performing arts industry and a big advocate for cultural equity in opera, she is a graduate of Boston University with a Masters in Business Arts Administration, an MFA in Set Design, a Diversity Inclusion certificate from ESSEC Business School, a social media marketing specialization from Northwestern University, a Fundraising Development Specialization from UC Davis, a Finance & Leadership certification from Harvard Business School. Her work has been featured in Opera News, LiveDesign, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to name a few.