Heralded by Opera News for her “absorbing, provocative staging,” Louisa Muller made a critically-acclaimed European debut last season directing a new production of The Turn of the Screw for Garsington Opera. In the 2019-20 season, she makes her debut at Opera Colorado with Tosca and returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Madama Butterfly and for its annual Rising Stars Concert featuring the singers of the Ryan Opera Center. Last season, she also debuted with Minnesota Opera and Los Angeles Opera, leading La traviata and Don Carlo, respectively, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for its revival of Don Giovanni. She also returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for its Rising Stars Concert.
She received rich critical acclaim for her 2017 staging of Das Rheingold with the New York Philharmonic, which the New York Times called “riveting…a remarkable evening of music theater” and named among its list of the Best Classical Music Performances of the year. Since 2015, she has been a frequent presence at Wolf Trap Opera, where she has directed new productions of Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, The Rape of Lucretia, Tosca, and Roméo et Juliette.
As a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s directing staff, Ms. Muller has helmed previous revivals of Don Giovanni as well as Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci and L'elisir d’amore. As a staff director at Houston Grand Opera, where she prepared alternate casts of Labohème and Beatrice and Benedict and directed Theofanidis's The Refuge, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
She has been a faculty member of the Scuola di Belcanto, Urbania and has worked regularly with the artists in the Houston Grand Opera Studio. She has served as a guest dramatic coach at the National Opera Studio in London, Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists’ Vocal Academy, Wolf Trap Opera Studio, Lawrence University, and the University of Texas at Brownsville, as well as directing opera scenes for the Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera Studio, and Wolf Trap Opera Studio.
She holds degrees from Lawrence University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a citizen of the United States and Germany and makes her home in Vienna.
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